Aspect Workforce Management

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Likelihood to Recommend

Aspect Workforce Management

I would say Aspect is less appropriate with smaller businesses or businesses with a smaller amount of clients. Aspect is really useful if you have a lot of customers and employees as you have to schedule the employee breaks and time off around the business needs. A lot of smaller businesses don't need that ability since they might not have the demanding customers like a lot of larger companies would have.
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NICE inContact CXone

If you want your call center to have flexibility, drive customer satisfaction because of really amazing cool stuff you can make decisions on, or give your agents really good data to work with when answering phone calls, inContact does it. scales well and I recommended for any size business.
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Pros

  • Scheduling: The software not only provides ways to perform bulk scheduling and quick changes to hundreds (or thousands) of individuals at a time, it also provides optimizers for breaks, meetings, and projects; as well as shift and request bids, and a request management feature that allows automatic scheduling of vacation like segments without any user intervention after the initial setup.
  • Forecasting: The software provides many different ways to forecast. You can use user-supplied data or historical patterns. In addition, you can perform as many 'what-if' scenarios are you like to see how changes will affect your forecast and see how real-time schedule changes will impact the intra-day forecast before proceeding.
  • Adherence: The software provides several different adherence views. You can utilize RTA (Real-Time Adherence) to see what states your agents are in on the phone, as well as if they are adhering to their schedules. In addition, you can also access reports and a real-time comparison of schedules to ACD states in the core software. Agents are also able to see their historical adherence reports within a web based client, Empower.
  • Reporting: The software has a multitude of reports which can be set up with a feature called autorun to be automatically e-mailed or exported to a directory however often you need them to be. The filtering capabilities are vast, and if you have crystal reports you can create your own custom reports as well.
  • Security: The security features in the software are very detailed and advanced. Almost everything can be locked down, even the smallest of features. For example, if you do not want an agent to see bereavement in a schedule you can lock that. As many profiles can be created as are necessary.
  • Empower: The Empower module is a web-based application that provides wonderful functionality for agents and supervisors alike. Agents can view their schedules and make requests for schedule changes. They can also see their adherence, and even their personal account balances.
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  • Attensity is able to get very precise with sentiment and can be tuned, which is important.
  • The theme discovery is very helpful for getting detailed insights. The "triples" help with understanding relationships.
  • The pricing structure is reasonable and easier to understand than other vendors.
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Cons

  • workforce app seems a little outdated and could be improved
  • more room for customization- not necessary but employees like to have a little creative outlet so it could be good to allow changes to the dashboard look
  • removing the requests from the inbox is a little time consuming- you have to delete each request manually one by one, there isn't a way to batch delete them
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  • I have not used Attensity since 2011 so this might be dated. I found it was much less useful the more abstract the subject matter was. I found it VERY effective at finding instances of concrete problems such as problems with a specific product/object/part. I found it much more difficult to analyze and categorize text that had to do with a customer's experience. I don't know that this is a flaw in Attensity's technology. I think this is due to the almost limitless ways a customer can describe an experience. Whereas with products customers tend to use a narrow range of specific terms and model/part #s. With experiences customers/respondents often use different and sometimes 'wrong' terminology. I found it very difficult to build category sets that would capture all/most of the feedback around a specific experience without bringing in too many false positives.
  • One way around this is to set up respondents (in a survey for example) to focus their comments on something specific, or to provide survey check-boxes for respondents to indicate how they feel their feedback fits into categories. But I found Attensity professional services (this was in 2011 or earlier) to be resistant to using structured data with unstructured. It seemed that they were so in love with their tool that they were reluctant to see how it would be enhanced by using structured data along side it.
  • I found that Attensity as a company could benefit from having 1 or more methodological approaches that they teach clients step-by-step. They were GREAT at teaching us how to use the functionality of the tool. But I found them lacking in teaching a philosophy or method for approaching the building of a category set and identifying the best standard reports for a clients' audience(s). As a client I wanted more suggestions from them in terms of how to best build a category set and more suggestions on the best reports to build from in for our managers, directors and board.
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Likelihood to Renew

Aspect Workforce Management8.5
Based on 6 answers
If I were in a position to use this type of software again, Aspect would be at the top of my list. The biggest factors I would consider would be the size and culture of the call center where it would be used.
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NICE inContact CXone5.7
Based on 8 answers
The general need we have is being satisfied by the product. The effort to build new solutions was larger than desired.
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Usability

Aspect Workforce Management8.0
Based on 1 answer
Once the initial set up of the software is complete and/or you are familiar with the software, it is easy to use and runs like a dream. However, if you are unfamiliar with the software or have used a competitor's product, some features can seem difficult to learn or get used to.
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NICE inContact CXone7.0
Based on 1 answer
For the average user - it does what it says it will.
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Support

Aspect Workforce Management8.0
Based on 1 answer
I was impressed with the support I received. There were never any long delays when I had issues and the representatives that I worked with were always patient and eager to fully understand not only my problem but our business processes surrounding the problem.
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NICE inContact CXone7.0
Based on 1 answer
They are responsive and helpful.
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Implementation

Aspect Workforce Management9.0
Based on 1 answer
Implementation of the software was not difficult but it was tedious for us due to the fact that our processes had not kept up with the times and we had to make a large number of process changes along with setting up the software.
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NICE inContact CXone7.0
Based on 1 answer
The vendor supported implementation is likely the only solution that would have worked for us. We later moved the solution in house.
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Alternatives Considered

This was the first and only scheduling software that I had any experience with. I was not involved in the selection process, only the implementation and on going support.
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We looked at several tools for turning text into data.The easy to understand tools had limited functionality, the analytical tools required a PHD to attend the sales pitch.Attensity had taken the approach of including reporting and alerting with their text engine.
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Return on Investment

  • Aspect Workforce Management, when used as designed did a wonderful job of reducing wait times for customers.
  • This software also reduced the amount of time that too many employees were sitting around with no calls waiting.
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  • Customer insight through text analytics is found on a daily basis. We have found that changes are needed at some of our Airports, for some of our inflight products and in regards to some of our processes. We believe that NPS can be impacted by even the smallest changes made from text analytics.
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Pricing Details

Aspect Workforce Management

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

NICE inContact CXone

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details