In case you missed it, last week's Customer Contact Week (CCW) conference in Las Vegas marked a return to in-person events.
As this was my first public gathering since before the pandemic, I was keen to observe the logistics. Just how much would things resemble the conferences of old?
Would we wear masks, follow demarcated queues, and stand on X's, awkwardly networking like teenagers at their first school dance? Or would we bump elbows and get to know each other from an intuitive and instinctively-negotiated safe distance?
As they played out, my few days in Vegas were a refreshing picture of normalcy. Yes, we signed waivers. Yes, there was a hint of caution in the air. But, more than anything, CCW was a signpost that the country is reopening. People were friendly, engaged, ready to get back to business.
In short: people are resilient.
That said, we are bouncing back from something real. A lot of economic damage has been done.
2. Perhaps because of our innate resiliency, and our persistent belief that things will get better, we were vulnerable.
We treated inevitable black swan events as if they would never happen, or at least would happen elsewhere. And that led to overconfidence in the resilience of our contact center operations. So we optimized for short-term cost and KPIs but rolled the dice on long-term risks. If you don't think we are prone to rolling dice, you may have missed the 30 casinos lining the Vegas strip.
So, what're we going to do?
A well-rounded view of resiliency.
We need a well-rounded view on resiliency. That starts with recognizing the ways in which we are vulnerable.
At CCW, I met a lot of folks with high-dependency operations, such as a single centralized contact center:
one talent pool,
one regulatory environment,
one set of management practices,
one systems infrastructure.
While efficiencies emerge from tight centralization, they must be balanced against inherent risks.
This kind of operation is vulnerable to the Single Point of Failure (SPOF) risk, wherein if a single part of a system fails, it could stop the entire system from working.
A common cure for SPOF is a business continuity plan that features redundancy.
How ArenaCX is filling the operational gap.
That leads me to the work ArenaCX is doing. As a software-enabled marketplace of contact center partners, we specialize in making it much easier for businesses to operate and orchestrate a multi-sourced contact center network.
Our roster of 50+ partners around the world provides instant global diversification and our purpose-built AI-powered software makes management and orchestration of this portfolio nearly effortless.
Plus, we are in a unique position to disintermediate imbalances in demand, supply, wage rates, and other factors across many companies, creating a solution that is bigger and more flexible than almost any single organization this side of Amazon can put together.
I was incredibly encouraged by the warm reception we received from attendees. What really resonated is that our approach yields dividends today, such as easy access to seasonal or overflow capacity, while insuring against a future shock.
Subscribe and stay up to date
receive essential emails.