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“Augmented IVR: Second Life for Interactive Voice Response”

By Dan Miller | June 24, 2014

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The ascent of the smartphone has propelled interactive voice response (IVR) technology well beyond the roles of simple call deflection or agent avoidance. IVRs are entering a new world of choice and customer empowerment. Far from forcing its last gasp, the smartphone has breathed new life into each enterprise’s IVR and voice app infrastructure, augmenting resources that bring both visual and voice resources into each customer’s critical path.

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“Predictive Analytics: Using Big Data to Improve Multichannel Customer Care”

By Dan Miller | April 14, 2014

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Life is no longer lived “in real-time;” the future is already upon us. And the most admired companies and brands use Big Data and Predictive Analytics to get a head start. In this report, Opus Research analyzes the offerings of leading platform vendors who give companies the power to enable customers to use their device-of-choice and channel-of-choice at their time-of-choice.

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“Opus Research Intelliview: Evaluating Enterprise Virtual Assistants”

By Dan Miller | January 23, 2014

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Intelligent Virtual Assistants are the go-to resource for customer care, tech support and marketing – becoming the basis for $700 million in investment by 2016. In this report, Opus Research evaluates the offerings of eight firms who have taken leadership in defining Intelligent Virtual Assistant for enterprise, customer care and self-service.

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“The Case for Bimodal Authentication”

By Dan Miller | October 28, 2013

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Virtually every mobile phone, PC, tablet and laptop that has shipped in the past three years is equipped with a camera. As described in this report, voice security specialist SpeechPro offers a novel way to combine voice plus facial recognition to achieve very high levels of confidence when authenticating the identity of individuals carrying out personalized commerce, communications and collaboration.

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“Strong Authentication for Mobile Commerce”

By Dan Miller | October 2, 2013

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The statistics surrounding mobile banking are impressive and growing dramatically. This year, more than 590 million phone users will have made use of their mobile devices for banking purposes, jumping to more than one billion individuals by 2017. Such accelerated activity is a magnet for fraudsters. Imposters use phone-based channels to perpetrate identity fraud, while thieves – using the tools that support mobile commerce – have more ways to commit “merchant fraud.” Voice biometrics proves to be an effective way to combat both.

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“The Conversational Cloud: Beyond the Hosted Contact Center”

By Dan Miller | September 16, 2013

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Blame Salesforce.com and Amazon Web Services for giving enterprises confidence in running mission-critical business processes and data in remote data centers. The ripple effect from the early migrations are permeating customer care and self-service strategies where solutions leverage Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing to foster simple, speedy task completion and customer empowerment.

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“Using Voice Biometrics for Strong Authentication and Risk Reduction”

By Dan Miller | July 29, 2013

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This era of self-service, cloud computing and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) has significantly accelerated the occurrence of fraudulent access, data breaches and identity theft. Hackers and fraudsters have more avenues of ingress to steal credentials and have their way with enterprise networks and data. Voice and multi-factor authentication offer an effective alternative to the prevailing, often ineffective methods and practices.

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Voice Biometrics Vendor Survey and “Intelliview” Mid-Year Edition (2013)

By Dan Miller | May 7, 2013
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The market for voice biometrics-based solutions has matured significantly in the past year. In this document Opus Research compares the products and strategic position of a select group of solution providers and presents structured analysis that should benefit decision makers planning to introduce speaker verification in their contact centers or on mobile devices or networks.

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Enterprise Readiness Series: The Case for Passive, Voice-Based Authentication

By Dan Miller | April 30, 2013
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Today’s customer authentication methods are from another age. Opus Research interviewed security and customer care professionals in Global 100 companies to learn about their perception and attitudes toward passive authentication of customers using voice. Respondents provided insights into the value of multi-factor authentication and provided “key success factors” for implementing strong, context-aware authentication without burdening customers with passwords or answers to challenge questions.

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Research Report: 5 Rules for Survival in the BYOD Era

By Dan Miller | January 2, 2013

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BYOD is here to stay for one simple reason: employees don’t think that going to work should be a “downgrade” from the tools and devices they use at home to get things done. But supporting BYOD is just a starting point for a whole range of services and capabilities that IT departments around the world can support as they nurture new applications that make network reliability, security and performance paramount.
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Research Report: Personal Virtual Assistants: Primer and Planning Guide

By Dan Miller | November 29, 2012

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We used to laugh at the idea of “the talking toaster” when thinking about the gratuitous addition of a speech-based interface to household appliances, consumer electronics, self-service kiosks or even ATMs. Now the machines laugh at us, as improvements in natural language understanding, artificial intelligence and text-to-speech rendering make phones, tablets, computers and (yes) household appliances more conversational, human-like and responsive to spoken input.

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Research Report – Voice Biometrics Vendor Survey and “IntelliView” 2012

By Dan Miller | October 29, 2012

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This document is the first map, or “IntelliView,” designed to display the relative strengths of selected voice biometrics technology providers based on their products, positioning and prospects for solving market requirements in the fast-evolving voice biometrics marketplace. For more than a decade, Opus Research has tracked the development efforts of a small community of companies as they defined the market for voice biometric-based products and services.

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Survey Results – Caller Authentication: Likes, Dislikes and Preferences

By Dan Miller | July 30, 2012

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In May 2012 Opus Research, in conjunction with Nuance Communications, commissioned Coleman-Parkes Associates to survey 1,000 individuals who had recently used their telephone for customer care. They described the shortcomings of present systems for caller authentication and provided clues that should be used in designing secure and convenient customer care in the future.

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Conversational Commerce Paper: IVRs Take On New Tasks

By Dan Miller | June 14, 2012

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People will go to great lengths to avoid interactive voice response (IVR) systems. Yet progressive, customer-pleasing companies like Hyatt Hotels are putting conversational IVR systems into place to the benefit of both their guests and their contact center agents. Therefore, in an age when some have said “The IVR is Dead,” we see “Conversational IVR” playing the role of Virtual Assistant in the enterprise, fostering a better customer experience and higher morale among customer service representatives.

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Mobile Customer Care: New Paradigms and Practices

By Dan Miller | February 8, 2012

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Mobile subscribers are using their smartphones and other mobile devices to take control of their interactions with the firms with whom they choose to do business. They’ve forced companies to form mobile strategies that must go far beyond simply offering a “mobile app” in order to provide the most effective, and natural, mobile user experience. Companies and their technology providers have responded in kind.

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Voice Biometric Authentication Best Practices: Overcoming Obstacles to Adoption

By Dan Miller | January 17, 2012

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As technology providers and system integrators around the world successfully bring their solutions to market, we’re identifying the product attributes, architectures and deployment strategies that define the best practices in layered, multi-factor and risk-based deployments of voice biometrics.

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Enterprises in Denial: Dealing with the Personal Data Deluge

By Dan Miller | January 6, 2012

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A remarkably high percentage number of C-level executives indicate their companies’ lack of a defined strategy to deal with all the “personal data” provided by customers and prospects through a multitude of channels. Yet they also tell us of their plans to incorporate that data into “understanding intent” and forging better communications links that promote loyalty, profitability and product refinement.

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Siri and the New Speech Imperative

By Greg Sterling | December 7, 2011

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Siri is being covered in most of the business and popular press as a “mobile assistant.” But its long-term impact is tightly bound to how end-users discover, define, and get comfortable of new ways to control devices, navigate content and carry out daily activities through mobile devices.

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Voice in “The Cloud”: Catalyst for Conversational Commerce

By Dan Miller | August 23, 2011

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Thanks to advances in reliability, capacity and security, “The Cloud” has become the general destination for applications, storage and computer power that used to live almost exclusively within enterprise firewalls. This creates a new playing field where old-guard, voice application service providers (like Voxeo, Convergys, Microsoft/Tellme, Nuance) are on a par with Amazon.com, Salesforce.com, IBM and other “giants” of cloud computing.

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The Social Contact Center: At the Hub of Conversational Commerce

By Dan Miller | July 15, 2011

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Shoppers and browsers turn to the Web, search engines and social networks for advice and information about goods and services; but the phone (especially mobile) and contact center resources still figure prominently into their conversational path. Leading contact center infrastructure providers enable agents to monitor, analyze and react to input and posts from a number of sources – primarily to gauge intent and engage customers.

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Voice Biometrics Update 2011: Attacking Adjacent Markets

By Dan Miller | May 2, 2011

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With over 6.5 million registered voice prints supporting user authentication, we can begin to detect patterns that are defining successful adoption of the technology. It is clear that voice biometrics must be incorporated in multi-factor deployment schemes and that demand is destined to be driven by creating a positive user experience across multiple communications modalities and networks. That creates a “multiplier effect” as system integrators, application developers and mobile service providers discover the value of stronger authentication of individual end-users.

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The Telco API Comes of Age: New Models For Voice and Telephony Mashups

By Dan Miller | February 9, 2011

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In January 2007, Opus Research’s annual “what to expect” advisory included a section called “Make Way for Mashups” in which we described opportunities to bring together content, information and status indicators from a variety of sources to deliver utility and novelty to phone users. We also said, “the most successful market participants are those that create revenue opportunities for their technology and marketing partners.” In this report, we revisit those observations and make more detailed observations surrounding what APIs and related resources serve the developer community well while building a multi-billion business.

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Gold Systems Leveraging a Long Legacy with Microsoft Lync

By Dan Miller | May 26, 2010

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Among the handful of Microsoft’s go-to-market partners are involved with Contact Center and Interactive Voice Reponse (IVR) software, Gold Systems stands out with a commitment to Speech at Microsoft extending to the original SpeechServer and unique software, Vonetix, to speed development and simplify management of enterprise apps.

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Survey Results: Companies “Unifying” the Conversational Contact Center

By Dan Miller | November 17, 2010

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A survey of over 200 customer care professionals, sponsored by Empirix and conducted by Opus Research, discovered that use of social media and “cloud computing” is on a par with popular IM and collaboration platforms. A look at implementation plans and motivations highlights the importance of quality monitoring tools as companies travel headlong into the age of conversational commerce.

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Voice Application Hosting in the Era of Recombinant Communications

By Dan Miller | June 29, 2010

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Providers of hosted speech applications were ahead of the curve in anticipating and accommodating requirements for third-parties to handle seasonal or media-driven spikes in calls to customer care agents or IVR resources. Today, to stay ahead of the curve, leading hosted service providers pin their prospects for further success on the ability to accommodate a plethora of service delivery frameworks over multiple media as the notion of “X”-as-a-Service (where “X”=”Software,” “Platform,” “Applications,” etc.) takes hold.

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