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Amazon Launches Its Own Call Center Platform

Plenty of companies have wished they had access to the same call center technology Amazon uses for its customer service centers. Now, they can. Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of Amazon Connect, a self-service, cloud-based contact center technology service that is based on the same technology the company uses to power its own customer service operations.

According to the company, the service will allow enterprises to set up their own call center operations without having to invest heavily in proprietary hardware and software systems. Instead, Amazon’s enterprise clients will be able to set up and configure their own “virtual contact centers” in a matter of minutes, offering better customer service at a lower cost.

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Traditional contact centers have typically been complicated, expensive operations to set up, often taking months or even years to fully deploy. They often involve proprietary technologies that require special skills to operate, and frequently come with restrictive licensing agreements that can make it difficult for companies to scale their call center operations in response to changes in call volumes due to short-term promotions, seasonal spikes, or new product launches.

Amazon said that was the reason it decided to develop its own call center technology. “Ten years ago, we made the decision to build our own customer contact center technology from scratch because legacy solutions did not provide the scale, cost structure, and features we needed to deliver excellent customer service for our customers around the world,” said Tom Weiland, vice president of worldwide customer service, Amazon, in a statement.

?EU?This choice has been a differentiator for us, as it is used today by our agents around the world in the millions of interactions they have with our customers,” he added. “We’re excited to offer this technology to customers as an AWS…

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