Aspect Software Announces Aspect EQ Workforce Optimization 8.1, Unified WFO Platform

Date: 2/20/2015, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Aspect EQ Workforce Optimization 8.1 ushers in Aspect EQ platform, centralizes the capabilities and features shared across WFO component software
  • New enhancements to Workforce Management, Quality Management and Performance Management offerings
  • New WFO packages of bundled component software makes it easier and more cost-effective for contact centers to select configurations that meet their specific needs
  • Modern icon and widget-based WFO user interface now available for supervisors

Aspect Software, a leading provider of fully-integrated customer interaction management, workforce optimization, back-office, and award-winning cloud solutions, today announced the release of Aspect EQ (Engagement Quotient) WFO 8.1, which includes enhancements to Aspect EQ Workforce Management, Aspect EQ Recording, Aspect EQ Quality Monitoring, and Aspect EQ Performance Management. Aspect EQ is the central component of the Aspect WFO suite, to which new software capabilities can be easily added to address changing business needs.

“Customer and employee engagement are increasingly important themes for organizations today and Aspect’s WFO suite is a key enabler of improved engagement for all parts of the enterprise,” says Mike Bourke, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Workforce Optimization at Aspect. “Our new Aspect EQ WFO suite aligns our offerings more closely with the needs of our contact center and back office clients while creating logical and inexpensive upgrade paths so clients can easily adapt as their needs change.”

The Aspect EQ platform centralizes all of the common and shared features across the portfolio including the recently modernized user interface (UI), shared databases, user management, claims-based authentication, single sign-on for the entire WFO platform, web-services and more. The 8.1 release converts many of the supervisory features in the portfolio to the new icon and widget-based WFO UI. Enhancements to component solutions include:

Aspect EQ Workforce Management 8.1

This latest release eliminates technology barriers for supervisors with the new UI for functions including: multi-employee schedule viewing, batch schedule editing, view employee and line of business overtime and under time balances, schedule change request management, schedule trades management and agent productivity information.

Aspect EQ Performance Management 8.1

The 8.1 release includes many reporting enhancements including the ability for complex data to be summarized in simple pivot tables that can be shared from administrators to the larger contact center population. Intra-day reporting now loads new data from external sources at regular intervals as short as 15 minutes throughout the day and new data-hiding features enable administrators to select data that should be displayed or hidden from agents in coaching, performance dashboards and performance reports depending upon their access rights.

Aspect EQ Quality Management 8.1

The new release makes it easier for agents to see areas for customer experience improvements by making the evaluation process seamless. Agents and supervisors can add and subsequently edit an evaluation associated with a specific interaction whether by voice, screen or other channels. In addition, agents and supervisors can attach digital documents to provide supplementary information relating to an evaluation and insert written comments to highlight discussion-worthy points. It’s also possible to find previous interactions with enhanced search criteria and expanded sets of filters such as team, agent or other.

“In the past two years Aspect has moved the dial from providing workforce management to full-feature WFO, and as a result WFO 8.0 adoption is surging,” said Nancy Jamison, Principal Analyst, Frost & Sullivan.

Aspect EQ Workforce Optimization 8.1 is available globally. More details on the Aspect EQ Platform can be found here.

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