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Avaya on Tuesday made substantial updates to its unified communications and contact center portfolios. The goal, according to Avaya executives, is to maintain an "aggressive' product release pace for the combined Avaya and former Nortel channels but also be sensitive to each portfolio's large installed base.
Among the major updates is Avaya Aura Contact Center, a multimedia work assignment application that ties voice, e-mail, Web chat, instant messaging and other tools using Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based communications.
It is Avaya's intended upgrade path for the customer base that uses Nortel Contact Center 6 and Contact Center 7 offerings, and is targeted as an all-in-one product set for mid-sized contact centers with 1,000 agents or less. According to Avaya, it can manage as many as six types of communication transactions -- one voice and five non-voice -- simultaneously.
Other new contact center offerings from Avaya include Avaya Aura Workforce Optimization -- which includes recording and quality monitoring capabilities -- and Proactive Outreach Manager, which customers can use to customize outbound notifications such as for manufacturers, product shipment data, or for hotels, room rate promotions.
There's also an update to Avaya's analytics tool, Avaya IQ 5.1 that can monitor and provide information for up to 900 simultaneous users, and broader capacity for Aura Call Center Elite 6.0, Avaya's main call routing software for enterprises.
"This is a complete solution: a complete stack that we can take to market," said Jorge Blanco, vice president of contact center marketing for the vendor. "For partners, we see it as an opportunity to increase their share of wallet and also simplify support interactions both pre- and post-sale."
Among other product updates, there's an update (version 2.2) to Avaya's Agile Communication Environment (ACE), which adds notification services through an application called Event Response Manager. Those services, according to Avaya, allow customers faster response in the event of inventory shortages, security breaches or other occurrences, and they come with a developer toolkit for use in adding personalized communications.
Next is Avaya Aura Conferencing, which comes in two editions, Standard and Enterprise. The Standard Edition, available now, offers audio, video and Web conferencing features on a single server, and the Enterprise Edition, available later this year, adds more features such as internal operator assistance. According to Avaya, both editions can be integrated with various UC applications from Avaya, Microsoft, IBM and Adobe.
Further along is Avaya Aura Messaging, a Linux-based offering designed to migrate users of Avaya's Octel messaging service to a new platform that uses the familiar Octel interface but adds speech-to-text, speech-based virtual assistants and other bells and whistles. There's also Avaya Aura Presence Services, a native instant messaging platform offering federated presence and instant messaging for Microsoft, IBM, Avaya one-X Communicator, Avaya one-X Agent and Avaya 9600 SIP phones.