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Concentric Gaining Momentum with LiveOps

LiveOps, Inc., the global leader in cloud contact center and customer service solutions, announced today that Concentric Cloud Solutions, a leader in cloud IT services and an XO Communications company, has achieved a 25 percent growth rate in the past quarter as a LiveOps Strategic Alliance Partner. Today’s news complements LiveOps recent announcement that companies participating in its Channel Partner Program are experiencing early and ongoing success in delivering cloud contact center solutions to their customers.

“Partnering with LiveOps has enabled us to round out our cloud portfolio of solutions,” said Peter Papavasiliou, Chief Marketing Officer for Concentric Cloud Solutions. “LiveOps has been organized and committed to helping its Strategic Alliance Partners succeed. Together, LiveOps and Concentric have been able to develop unique integrated solutions that add value to our customers’ business operations. The joint Concentric and LiveOps offering enables us to offer a great customer experience and we look forward to a long, successful future with LiveOps.”

Following are examples of recent additions to the Concentric customer roster with the joint LiveOps solution:

  • 1-800-Registry: A one-of-a-kind company dedicated to providing the best wedding service planning possible, 1-800-Registry, left a hybrid solution to move to the cloud with Concentric. This move enables their customer service contact center to more easily scale with the high growth of their business. The Concentric solution integrates LiveOps Platform and Applications with Concentric Cloud Voice. The joint solution provides a high quality, secure cloud contact center without the upfront and ongoing maintenance costs typically associated with traditional call center infrastructures.

    “Pre-integrated access to Salesforce.com was paramount in our decision to move our mission-critical contact center to the cloud. The Concentric-LiveOps solution gives us that access and enables us to provide the exceptional service levels our customers expect,” said John Bamforth, CTO, 1-800-Registry. “Our business is growing fast. Our existing solution wasn’t true cloud so we were missing the scalability and flexibility that true cloud is known for. Concentric not only provided a true cloud solution but also better integration with customizable reports and call flows that work seamlessly with Salesforce.com. As our business expands, we now have the confidence that our customer service will grow with us.”
  • Leading Provider of Filtered Water and Ice: After evaluating vendors based on the need for a true cloud approach for Hosted PBX and Cloud Contact Center, the company chose the Concentric and LiveOps solution because the solution met all of their evaluation criteria. It also received extremely high marks in the area of Salesforce.com integration. Additionally, Concentric provided business continuity options through the use of agent SIP soft phone registration.
  • Leader in Identity Authentication and Access Management: Needing a way to recognize individual call center representatives in multiple centers who were ready for a call, the company considered a premise-based option then chose the Concentric and LiveOps solution. Key factors contributing to this decision were that the solution freed up man hours for the IT staff, eliminated worries about future software upgrades or patches, and provided a much lower up-front expense.

The combined Concentric and LiveOps solution provides the ability to quickly enable multiple communications channels including voice, chat, email and social media on a single platform. In addition, the flexibility of a cloud contact center gives organizations the ability to scale up or down quickly to address near real-time business demands. Within a matter of weeks, rather than months, companies can deploy valuable contact center applications such as cloud-based screen recording, call flow authoring, multichannel and social media capabilities, and have the ability to provision state-of-the-art functionalities to a distributed workforce.

“Congratulations to Concentric on their success. Not only are they a valuable Strategic Alliance Partner to LiveOps in North America, but also with their integration capabilities they significantly enhance our product set. Concentric is a great example of the positive outcome that can result from being a dynamically engaged partner with us,” said Vasili Triant, SVP of Cloud Application Sales, LiveOps. “Today’s news continues to support the prediction we made recently that 2012 will be the year that cloud became a standard alternative to costly on-premise solutions. We look forward to many more celebratory quarters with Concentric.”

About the Alliance: Concentric-Cloud Solutions Powered By LiveOps

The combined go-to-market cloud contact center offering called the Concentric Cloud Contact Center integrates the cloud-based LiveOps Platform and Applications with the Concentric interactive telephony network. The potential cost savings associated with the cloud platform pre-integrated with a private telephony network are passed along to the customer, making this an ideal solution for small- to medium-sized contact centers. Clients also benefit from having a dedicated account team focused on cloud contact center solutions that has the added expertise in VoIP and network services.

About Concentric Cloud Solutions

Concentric Cloud Solutions, an XO Communications company, offers businesses advanced cloud-based computing, content acceleration, and cloud voice solutions. Through its cloud-based platforms and online portal, Concentric Cloud Solutions helps organizations simplify the procurement and management of critical infrastructure, accelerate application and web site performance, and improve interactive communications with customers. For more information, visit www.concentric.com. Concentric Cloud Solutions is also on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About LiveOps, Inc.

LiveOps is the global leader in cloud contact center and customer service solutions. More than 300 companies around the world, including Salesforce.com, Symantec, Royal Mail Group, and Amway New Zealand trust LiveOps’ technology to enable effective multichannel, social and mobile interactions with their customers. LiveOps' award-winning platform has processed more than 1 Billion minutes of customer interactions and managed operations for the largest US-based cloud contact center of 20,000 home-based, independent agents. With 10+ years of cloud experience LiveOps is the partner of choice for companies wanting to migrate to the cloud. Headquartered in Redwood City, California with European regional headquarters in London, UK, LiveOps supports a wide range of industries including financial, health care, insurance, retail, and high tech. For more information visit www.LiveOps.com

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