A company’s contact centre is critical to building and maintaining relationships with customers. However, as customer expectations shift with the availability of new communication channels, companies struggle to keep pace because of the difficulties and cost of upgrading the on-premises, hardware-based solutions that have dominated the contact centre market for decades. Many companies have outgrown the one-size-fits-all applications and are demanding the ability to create an experience for their customers and agents customised to their unique needs.
“Hundreds of companies including ING Bank, Zillow, Simply Business and National Debt Relief have built customised contact centre solutions using Twilio’s communication APIs,” said Al Cook, head of the contact centre business at Twilio. “With Flex, we are providing a contact centre platform that has a point-of-view based on the best practices we’ve learned, offers options for those who want to get up and running quickly, and gives businesses unlimited flexibility as they design their customer experiences."
CUSTOMISABILITY FROM INFRASTRUCTURE TO INTERFACE
Introducing an entirely new approach to the industry, Twilio Flex delivers the first instantly deployable, cloud-based platform that allows businesses to programmatically customise every element of their contact centre experience -- from the core infrastructure to the user interface. Flex allows businesses to:
"Twilio has been working with the in-house developers of businesses large and small for many years, helping them create customised customer and agent experiences," said Sheila McGee-Smith, president & principal analyst of McGee-Smith Analytics. “The best practices gleaned from those engagements have been incorporated into a service that works out of the box and also allows for robust customization."
AN ENTERPRISE PLATFORM BUILT FOR SCALE
Twilio Flex is designed for businesses and ISVs with large scale contact centre deployments that require an additional layer of customization in order to best serve their customers. Underpinning the Twilio Flex contact centre platform is Twilio’s Super Network, an elastic infrastructure that catalogues, orchestrates and delivers global connectivity to Twilio’s customer base. Twilio powers nearly 40 billion interactions* a year while maintaining a 99.95% service level agreement. Built on Twilio’s Super Network, Flex enables businesses to support up to 50,000 agents and reach customers in more than 100 countries without having to manage infrastructure or carrier relationships.
AN ECOSYSTEM TO EXTEND CUSTOMER SUCCESS
Twilio Flex provides a robust opportunity for the entire ecosystem of partners -- from ISVs to technology partners to systems integrators.
“When it comes to delivering the best customer experiences there’s no one size fits all,” said Ryan Nichols, general manager of Zendesk Talk. “The partnership between Twilio and Zendesk is powerful because together we provide businesses a choice in how to build an integrated omnichannel experience. We look forward to continuing this partnership with Twilio in the future.”
For companies looking for a pre-built contact centre solution, Twilio will continue to refer them to one of its many contact centre partners like Zendesk or Serenova. Twilio Flex provides ISVs new sophisticated components to build into SaaS contact centre solutions that ultimately allows the entire ecosystem to more effectively address the full spectrum of customer requirements.
Twilio is actively working with tier one systems integrators to help customers who want to build a highly customised solution, but may not have development resources in-house.
Twilio Marketplace partners including IBM Watson, Ytica, and Verint will provide customers with one-click integrations for capabilities like sentiment analysis, workforce optimization, workforce management, analytics, reporting, and storage.