Welcome!

Related Topics: Agile Computing

Agile Computing: Blog Post

How Customer Service Can Enable Customer Retention, Rather Than Cause Churn

We all love a good moan, whether it's about the weather, the government or traffic

We all love a good moan, whether it's about the weather, the government or traffic - not forgetting bad customer service. However, the problem with the latter from a merchant's perspective is that negative talk naturally damages reputations. Furthermore, discussions on positive customer experiences, that could potentially restore dented names, are seldom conversed.

However, for CSPs, the cost of bad customer service is proving to be more than marred reputations. On a global basis, around 20% of mobile customers churn as a direct result of poor customer care[1]. CSPs are under immense pressure to remain profitable and thus preventing customers from churning is a key priority. Therefore, it's no surprise that CSPs are investing heavily in their CRM systems. Analysys Mason predict customer care system revenue will increase 6.1% and 6.6% CAGR in EMEA and NA, respectively, over the next 5 years[2].

The ‘next gen CRM' is being largely constructed on what the modern customer is demanding: a personalized service that is available on multiple platforms, covering multiple packages (if applicable). Most of us, at some point, have experienced the frustrations of calling up your quad-play provider with issues covering more than one service, only to have to be transferred from one rep to another as they do not have access to what is referred to as a 360◦ view. In fact, moving towards an integrated customer care system (one that sits across multiple BSS systems and services enabling a holistic view of all customer data held by the operator) was stated as a key recommendation for all CSPs in a recent report by Analysys Mason[3]. However, in a survey conducted by Light Reading, operators regarded integrating data sources as their primary operational challenge[4]. The difficulty is that CRM deployment requires seamless BSS integration.

Having a holistic, or 3600 view of the customer will not only enable Customer Service Agents to provide a better quality of service, but also allows them to discover and act upon sales opportunities. In short, it will free staff from non-profit administrative tasks, caused by burdensome, siloed systems and allow them to spend more time selling. The KPIs for building a more cost-efficient CRM, and providing a better quality of service, are similar - meaning that if you meet the KPIs for one, you'll meet them for the other.

Understanding the need for such features is what led to the creation of AsiaInfo's ‘next gen' CRM solution - the VerisTM CRM. Designed specifically for the telecommunications industry, it is a highly innovative and carrier grade system boasting a low cost of ownership (through deployment on blade servers and using cloud based, multi-tenant architecture). It provides a full 360 degree view of every customer, including interactions through all communication channels (Facebook, Twitter, Web and Mobile Self-Care, SMS, Retail Stores, Contact Centre, Email, etc) and is fully integrated with Billing and Business Intelligence systems, enabling real-time customer insights. The superior customer service enabled by Veris CRM empowers CSPs to differentiate, allowing customer service to become a factor toward customer retention, rather than customer loss.



[1] Accenture, ‘Maximizing Customer Retention', May 2012.

[2] Analysys Mason, ‘Customer Care Forecast', October 2013.

[3] Analysys Mason, ‘Customer Care Forecast', October 2013.

[4] Light Reading, ‘Monetizing Data: The Role of BSS in the Digital Revolution', November 2013

More Stories By Claire McMahon

Claire McMahon is the International Telecom Analyst at AsiaInfo-Linkage, the supplier of the world's most advanced software solutions and IT services to the telecommunications industry.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Datera, that offers a radically new data management architecture, has been named "Exhibitor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Datera is transforming the traditional datacenter model through modern cloud simplicity. The technology industry is at another major inflection point. The rise of mobile, the Internet of Things, data storage and Big...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DXWorldExpo has been named “Global Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation is the key issue driving the global enterprise IT business. Digital Transformation is most prominent among Global 2000 enterprises and government institutions.
Kubernetes is an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes was originally built by Google, leveraging years of experience with managing container workloads, and is now a Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) project. Kubernetes has been widely adopted by the community, supported on all major public and private cloud providers, and is gaining rapid adoption in enterprises. However, Kubernetes may seem intimidating and complex ...
"Outscale was founded in 2010, is based in France, is a strategic partner to Dassault Systémes and has done quite a bit of work with divisions of Dassault," explained Jackie Funk, Digital Marketing exec at Outscale, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We focus on SAP workloads because they are among the most powerful but somewhat challenging workloads out there to take into public cloud," explained Swen Conrad, CEO of Ocean9, Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"DivvyCloud as a company set out to help customers automate solutions to the most common cloud problems," noted Jeremy Snyder, VP of Business Development at DivvyCloud, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We provide IoT solutions. We provide the most compatible solutions for many applications. Our solutions are industry agnostic and also protocol agnostic," explained Richard Han, Head of Sales and Marketing and Engineering at Systena America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"I think DevOps is now a rambunctious teenager – it’s starting to get a mind of its own, wanting to get its own things but it still needs some adult supervision," explained Thomas Hooker, VP of marketing at CollabNet, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We are still a relatively small software house and we are focusing on certain industries like FinTech, med tech, energy and utilities. We help our customers with their digital transformation," noted Piotr Stawinski, Founder and CEO of EARP Integration, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We've been engaging with a lot of customers including Panasonic, we've been involved with Cisco and now we're working with the U.S. government - the Department of Homeland Security," explained Peter Jung, Chief Product Officer at Pulzze Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We're here to tell the world about our cloud-scale infrastructure that we have at Juniper combined with the world-class security that we put into the cloud," explained Lisa Guess, VP of Systems Engineering at Juniper Networks, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Your homes and cars can be automated and self-serviced. Why can't your storage? From simply asking questions to analyze and troubleshoot your infrastructure, to provisioning storage with snapshots, recovery and replication, your wildest sci-fi dream has come true. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, provided a ChatOps demo where you can talk to your storage and manage it from anywhere, through Slack and similar services with...
"At the keynote this morning we spoke about the value proposition of Nutanix, of having a DevOps culture and a mindset, and the business outcomes of achieving agility and scale, which everybody here is trying to accomplish," noted Mark Lavi, DevOps Solution Architect at Nutanix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We were founded in 2003 and the way we were founded was about good backup and good disaster recovery for our clients, and for the last 20 years we've been pretty consistent with that," noted Marc Malafronte, Territory Manager at StorageCraft, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We are an IT services solution provider and we sell software to support those solutions. Our focus and key areas are around security, enterprise monitoring, and continuous delivery optimization," noted John Balsavage, President of A&I Solutions, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.