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TMCNet:  ShoreTel Enterprise Contact Center Extends Feature Set While Keeping User Experience Brilliantly Simple

[February 05, 2013]

ShoreTel Enterprise Contact Center Extends Feature Set While Keeping User Experience Brilliantly Simple

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- ShoreTel® (NASDAQ; SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, including business phone systems, applications and mobile UC solutions, today announced the release of ShoreTel Enterprise Contact Center 8. With enhancements to the email and chat channels within the contact center, the latest release extends the rich set of features enterprises use to communicate with customers and deliver quality service.


Enterprises today serve a new type of consumer that expects freedom of choice in how and when they communicate. As a result, enterprises have moved from traditional voice-based interactions to a compound system that allows customers to contact companies via the method most convenient to them. The enhanced release of ShoreTel Enterprise Contact Center makes it easier for enterprises to meet the needs of today's multi-device, multi-channel consumer by removing barriers and offering more avenues for communication. Agents can now more effectively handle emails, chats and calls, both inbound and outbound. Customers can also schedule callbacks so they can be contacted at a time that is convenient.

"ShoreTel is being selected by more large enterprises than ever before, for which the multi-channel contact center is a key part of their evaluation for their overall communications strategy," said Pejman Roshan, vice president product management, ShoreTel. "We're realizing the significant investments we've made in channel programs and certifications, and integrated innovation partner solutions to bring a sophisticated yet brilliantly simple contact center solution to market. We will continue to focus on this strategic communication segment driven by the adoption of mobile users demanding multiple ways to communicate, and in parallel evolve our solutions to incorporate more unique hybrid cloud solutions over time." "Contact center investment will be a strategic focus for many organizations, as they want to empower their employees with tools, not only to provide improved customer experience but also to create an environment that allows them to generate more revenue," said Ryan Tay, research manager, communications, IDC. "Contact centers are undergoing modernization and transformation. Multi-channel/platform solutions, mobile customer care applications, analytics, social media and cloud delivery will be in high demand and vendors that can provide compelling innovative solutions will be in a good position to lead the overall market." Through features like interaction reports and real-time reporting, ShoreTel Enterprise Contact Center release 8 provides greater business insight on the customer experience, thus allowing businesses to continually fine tune customer interactions and provide more responsive service. The end result is both a satisfied customer and a productive business.

Quotes "I would definitely recommend ShoreTel Enterprise Contact Center 8 to peers and friends. It keeps with the ShoreTel concept of being Brilliantly Simple with regard to installation, administration and management. The multimedia function enhancements and additions in Chat make the system more flexible and expand the coverage of your agents to your company's web pages. The 'cradle-to-grave' reporting capabilities using Contact Center Interaction Reports allow you to track the complete experience of a caller and the reporting package empowers supervisors and decision makers with enough statistical data to make informed decisions for improved performance." Roberto Rosado, senior engineer, Vology "Our business requires giving our customers a choice in how they want to communicate with us. We use ShoreTel Enterprise Contact Center 8 to offer voice and email, as well as outbound voice calls for timely and efficient follow-up. We have the solution we need to effectively manage these channels, which assists in our mission to stay ahead of the ever changing trends while keeping the cost burden off of our partners' shoulders." Todd Stone, chief technology officer, QMACS Related Links & Conversation -- Subscribe to ShoreTel's blog.

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-- Read ShoreTel Customer Success Stories -- #ShoreTel, #UC, #Contact Center About ShoreTel ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOR) is a provider of business communication solutions whose brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, applications and mobile UC solutions promise a new rhythm of workforce engagement and collaboration. With costly complexity eliminated by design from its award-winning, all-in-one IP phone system, UC and contact center solution, and its industry-leading hosted phone system, workers enjoy a freedom and self-reliance that other providers can't match. Users have full control to engage and collaborate, no matter the time, place or device, for the lowest cost and demand on IT resources in the industry. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has regional offices and partners worldwide. For more information, visit shoretel.com or shoretelsky.com.

ShoreTel and the ShoreTel logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of ShoreTel, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

Megan McFarlandEdelmanMegan.McFarland@edelman.com (650) 762-2993 SOURCE ShoreTel http://rt.prnewswire.com/rt.gif NewsItemId=SF54106&Transmission_Id=201302050900PR_NEWS_USPR_____SF54106&DateId=20130205

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