Interactive Voice Response
This section of our technical library presents information and documentation relating to IVR and interactive voice response software as well as automatic call answering solutions.
Business phone systems and toll free answering systems (generally 800 numbers and their equivalent) are very popular for service and sales organizations, allowing customers and prospects to call your organization anywhere in the country.
Our PACER and Wizard IVR systems add another dimension to our call center phone system solutions. An Interactive Voice Response (IVR) processes inbound phone calls, plays recorded messages including information extracted from databases and the internet, and potentially routes calls to either in-house service agents or transfers the caller to an outside extension.
U.S. IVR Systems Market
Published by Frost & Sullivan
Dec. 24, 2003
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Demand Saturation in Key End-User Verticals Compels IVR Vendors to Restructure Product Offerings
Interactive voice response (IVR) systems vendors in the United States are facing a decline in sales due to demand saturation in traditional end-user verticals such as telecommunications, financial services, insurance, and travel. This drastic fall in demand for IVR systems in large contact centers have compelled vendors to restructure their product offerings to suit the changing preferences of customers. Going forward, the bulk of the sales will be in the form of replacements or upgrades as the majority of enterprises are expected to step-up the incorporation of speech-based IVR systems that are rapidly gaining in popularity.
This research examines the current and future prospects of the U.S. IVR systems market by analyzing the significant challenges, drivers, and restraints faced by participants. It provides revenue and unit shipment forecasts along with pricing and demand analysis for IVR systems in major end-user industries/markets such as banking/finance, insurance, travel and hospitality, healthcare, telecommunications, and others (retail, education, and government).
Speech Recognition in IVR Systems Increases Productivity and ROI
The advent of advanced speech technologies such as automatic speech recognition, 'text to speech', and speaker verification provides complete automation of customer-centric business processes and is gradually dispelling the apprehensions associated with the earlier IVR systems. Driven by these technological advancements, the IVR market has begun to live up to the initial expectations. "Speech-enabled IVR systems have a flat menu structure and callers are spared from the painful experience of traversing through hierarchical touchtone menus to access information," says the analyst. "This has reduced the 'opt-outs' for a live agent during a caller-system interaction, while increasing overall enterprise productivity."
In many cases, enterprises have managed to increase return on investment (ROI) and productivity within a year of deployment of speech-enabled IVR systems. This is mainly because of the fact that call centers could engage their agents in more meaningful functions. "The quickness of ROI has been directly proportional to the complexities of applications and it has been generally more in case of composite functions," says the analyst. "To put it in a nutshell, providing
hosted IVR systems with speech functionality could prove to be decisive in increasing the revenue flow of IVR vendors."
'Battle Royal' between Speech Standards Sets Stage for Explosive Growth
The intense competition between two key speech standards - Voice eXtensible Markup Language (VXML) and Speech Applications Language Tags (SALT) - for developing 'open source' speech applications is likely to pave the way for additional revenue opportunities for IVR vendors. "Although VXML has the first mover advantage, SALT is not far behind," says the analyst. "SALT's market impact is likely to increase further once it is ratified by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)."
Interestingly, VXML, created originally for telephony applications, is gearing up toward acquiring multimodality features with its 'XHTML + voice' modification. SALT has the edge over VXML in this aspect as it already possesses features for multimodal applications. "Even though differences persist among vendors over preference for standards, the possibility of IVR applications embracing multimodality in the near future is likely to benefit them," says the analyst. "They can have a rich haul by promoting appropriate standards-based applications as per enterprise requirements."
Wizard Simplifies Development
DSC provides IVR software including our IVR wizard development tool for creating interactive voice response applications.
Our IVR software lets you increase IVR development productivity by providing a visual development environment. IVR applications can be defined in minutes using this sophisticated, yet easy to use development tool.
DSC also has available a comprehensive IVR software library known as our IVR Wizard Software Development Kit. This optional package is available for programmers and systems adminstrators who wish to manage IVR programs fromLinux IVR, Unix, or Windows IVR operating environments.
Data collected by your phone ACD (Automatic Call Distribution) or IVR (Interactive Voice Response) systems can be passed to your existing PC, Unix or Web applications through our phone software.
The PACER predictive dialer can automatically call your customers and pass only connected calls to your agents. With our computer telephony software, your telephone and computer work together to provide cost-saving benefits.