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Managing the Chaos of IoT

We are quickly approaching a world in which most everyday devices will communicate with a vast ecosystem of other hardware that is connected and integrated with the Internet. In fact, we are almost there today.

Right now, anyone can pick up “smart” or Internet-connected lights, Fitbits, home appliances, cameras, and other hardware from the store around the corner at a reasonable price. This is a segment of technology that is continually developing, and will continue to grow rapidly over the next few years as costs decrease and more opportunities flourish. Continue Reading

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Enhancing Customer Care Part 4: Optimize Experiences with Accurate and Transparent Billing and Payment

In the previous instalment of the series on Enhancing Customer Care, we covered the Use section of the customer experience lifecycle. This is where operators must proactively ensure that their customers are receiving the services they have paid for, while also deploying the best infrastructure available to meet geographic needs and keep a high level of service quality. Continue Reading

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Reduce Churn with Better Visibility Over Your Service Activation Processes

How much visibility do you have over service activation processes?

For many service providers, the answer to that question is bleak. The sad truth is that visibility over service activation processes, including errors and misconfigurations, is lacking in many Tier 3, Tier 2, and even Tier 1 organizations. Today’s operators often turn to multiple siloed systems when attempting to ensure that services are activated accurately, on time, and are working as promised. Continue Reading

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Enhancing Customer Care, Part 3: Broadband Experience and the Outside Plant

In the last part of my series on Enhancing Customer Care, I described the essential role of the customer call center, which directly affects the Customer Service and Retention stages of the customer lifecycle model. Both of these stages are immediately impactful to a subscriber’s quality of experience (QoE) whenever a service issue occurs.

What’s equally impactful to the state of customer experience is how customers are using the services purchased. For the operator, this means proactively ensuring that customers receive the services they have paid for — the promised up/download speeds and bandwidth allotments, connection reliability and predictable service are being delivered. Continue Reading

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Enhancing Customer Care, Part 2: Customer Service and Retention

In last week’s blog, I covered the customer lifecycle, which includes two essential categories: Customer Service and Retention.

According to research with Tier 1 partners, we discovered several themes that fall under the categories of Customer Service and Retention, such as agent handling practices, issue resolution times, and retention efforts. The work an operator conducts to optimize these essential components of the services lifecycle are directly related to quarterly churn rates. Continue Reading

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Enhancing Customer Care, Part 1: The Customer Lifecycle

Customer care is an extremely complex challenge. From a Network Engineering perspective, it is a purely mechanical challenge. From a Sales and Marketing perspective, it’s a correlation between perceived and delivered value. From the Customer Service Representative (CSR) perspective, it’s emotional alignment and affability with a customer.

With all these complex perceptions of customer care, how do we truly enhance customer care practices? Continue Reading

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Service Order Management — Part 6: Automation

We’ve covered a number processes throughout the Incognito Order Management Series, including:

As we’ve learned in the previous five articles of this series, the order management process involves multiple complex tasks. The diagram below shows that there is a lot to be considered. If the entire process is completed using an automated solution, it will make the end-to-end order management a lot simpler. Continue Reading

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Service Order Management — Part 4: Installation and Activation Validation

In the first three articles of the Service Order Management Series, we’ve completed a number of steps along the process, including:

Next, we need to install equipment and validate the activation of services. Continue Reading

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