CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent research on the hosted contact centre market, Frost & Sullivan presents Interactive Intelligence with the 2013 South African Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership. The company has leveraged its global pedigree, unmatched range of product functionality, and highly innovative solutions set to become a trusted partner for enterprises in the hosted contact centre space. Interactive Intelligence's world-class contact centre platform offers customers access to a full suite of multi-channel contact centre, unified communications, and business process automation features. The company's product functionality is the most comprehensive in the market, with its competitors typically having to rely on third-party solutions for extra functionality. "To address customer challenges stemming from South Africa's bandwidth constraints and the resulting hesitation in adopting hosted contact centres, Interactive Intelligence has developed different deployment models for South African customers," noted Frost & Sullivan Information & Communication Technologies Industry Analyst Ishe Zingoni. "Under its unique, configurable 'Local Control' model, customers can opt to deploy the hardware device on their premises as opposed to a fully hosted service. This allows voice traffic, recordings and other sensitive data to remain on the premises while call control and other intelligence software reside in a hosted environment. Since voice traffic is bandwidth-intensive, this model enables bandwidth optimisation, and hence cost control." Another key source of customer value addition for Interactive Intelligence lies in the ability of its solutions to easily integrate with existing systems. This is because the company's products are based on open standards SIP and soft-based solutions. Since the company strives to be ahead of its peers, 90 per cent of its products are cloud-ready, and all newer modules are ready for both cloud and premise setting. "Interactive Intelligence offers a clear migration path for contact centres, where they could start off in the cloud and move to the premise environment when ready, without suffering disruptions or data losses," observed Zingoni. "Interactive Intelligence is one of the few companies in the market offering both cloud and premise systems, and a seamless migration between the two. It also offers integration with social media and extension onto mobile platforms as both channels are gaining prominence in South Africa as contact channels." According to Frost & Sullivan research, there is currently a strong market perception that Interactive Intelligence's solutions were truly meant for the hosted environment, as opposed to its rivals' rigid, un-adaptable product sets. This has aided the company in quickly supplanting established players. Interactive Intelligence also has a reputation for quality, reliability and security of its solutions through its multi-instance hosting architecture.
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