About This Constellation ShortList™

Contact center solutions have largely stayed the course in function: enabling organizations to route, address, and resolve inbound customer interactions and engagements. Contact center as a service (CCaaS) shifts this critical front line of customer experience (CX) to the cloud. This has been especially critical since the onset of the global pandemic that sent agents home in a new reality of work-from-anywhere while their organization had to maintain the levels of intelligent, immediate support and care customers have come to expect.

CCaaS solutions have also been central to a key trend and demand: support as a revenue and growth center, as opposed to being an operational cost center. Agents, well trained and well versed in addressing customer issues, problems, and concerns, are now also expected to be part of an overarching upsell and cross-sell mandate to drive growth within existing accounts and markets. This has led to new calls for smart decisioning, next-best-action recommenda-tions, and critical customer insights to aid agents in navigating the tricky space between de-livering the experience customers expect and the potential to drive revenue with each en-gagement.

Delivering voice or even multichannel messaging is no longer a differentia- tor but is, rather, table stakes in this customer-engagement-channel-heavy market. Leading-edge solutions have invested in bolstering cloud delivery networks while also intentionally boosting report-ing, intelligence, and analytical functions, enabling service and support to drive critical in-sights about the customer and the market to other CX and growth stakeholders.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these offerings:

  • Workflow management for process and engagement orchestration
  • Flexible delivery models for private, public, and multicloud environments
  • Cross-channel workflow and architected journeys to deliver comprehensive service, including always-on self-service content, chatbots, and interactive voice response (IVR) experiences 
  • Rich library of resources and agent engagement and support tools to boost performance
  • Global infrastructure and network footprint for global reach and coverage
  • Deep knowledge base and community resource center for users
  • Application of AI and ML models for data analytics, smart routing, next-best agent action, virtual agents (text and voice), and chatbot engagement
  • Advanced AI application for voice and sentiment scanning via natural-language processing
  • Scalable pricing and service models
  • Collaboration workspaces for agent resources and problem solving across internal experts
  • Security and privacy controls and rule-based/role-based data and account governance
  • Documented uptime and network reliability for large-scale remote agent deployments
  • Robust analytics and reporting on agent and platform performance
  • Multichannel customer engagement channels, including voice, messaging, social, and SMS
  • App marketplace or libraries to extend platform capabilities
  • Integrations and connectors to business tools such as CRM, customer data platforms (CDPs), and core customer service operations and help desk solutions

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates 21 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortListis determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share, and internal research.

  • 8X8
  • FIVE9
  • NICE

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList is updated at least once per year. Updates may occur after six months if deemed necessary.

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients can work with the analyst and the research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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