I arrived at the Cyara Xchange Roadshow in Manchester with excitement. Having been briefed on the brand’s focus and expertise, I was looking forward to hearing more. It seemed to perfectly dovetail with what I’ve have been seeing in contact centres: a place where the rubber hits the road for many CX leaders.Read More
Following the success of our inaugural Xchange 2018 conference in San Francisco in March this year, we decided to take the show on the road. Our first stop was Melbourne, Australia—Cyara’s birthplace and home to many of our founding customers. After a stop in Dallas, Texas, we moved on to Manchester in the United Kingdom. The final stop will be in Hartford, Connecticut on November 14!Read More
I was able to attend DOES 2018, the largest DevOps-focused conference in the world, in Las Vegas last month. There were many great presentations and I came away with a lot of new insights. In this post I’d like to share some of those key insights.
My number one takeaway is that the main sticking point for DevOps adoption is not legacy technology, it's legacy thinking. Organizations need to be breaking away from the old mental models. Of course, this is hard to achieve because that legacy thinking—such as Waterfall or command and control—is the only thing anybody who's been in the workforce for a while has lived. Even if they believe in the new ways of doing things, when there's a period of pressure and stress, their muscle memory goes back to legacy thinking. This was really my biggest takeaway.Read More
Guess what? Customer experience is important. Lots of people will even tell you that we are in the customer experience economy these days. More and more companies find themselves now competing primarily on the experiences they deliver to their customers rather than their brand or their product or even price. So, if that’s the case, then why do so many IVR teams get treated like order takers rather than a strategic partner in the customer experience economy?Read More
Today, a client of mine cancelled their meeting with me five minutes before we were about to start. Having meetings cancelled on you is a fact of life when you’re selling software. But I always find the reasons why they have cancelled the meetings interesting.Read More
This is the second of a two-part interview with Dr. Nicole Forsgren, CEO and chief scientist at DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA). In the first post we dove into some insights from her latest report: Accelerate: State of DevOps. And in this post we follow up with a discussion of the importance of Agile and DevOps methodologies to customer experience.Read More
Part of our work in the Domain Consulting team is to advise Cyara customers on their Agile/DevOps journeys. Something we've seen among many Cyara customers, and more broadly, is the constant pressure to innovate. Technological innovation continues, but that doesn't mean organizations are equipped to handle it. In fact, quite a lot needs to change before they can truly innovate at the speed of technological advancement. Chief among these is funding structures and outsourcing models.
In the first post of this series, I outlined some of the barriers to innovation in terms of funding models, and suggested some ways to overcome them. In this post, I will examine the barriers represented by outsourcing models.Read More
This week, I had an opportunity to reconnect with Dr. Nicole Forsgren, CEO and chief scientist at DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA). Some of you DevOps aficionados will remember her fascinating keynote presentation, The Data Behind DevOps, at the Cyara Xchange conference, earlier this year. Through her work with DORA, Nicole helps some of the world’s top companies become high-performing organizations that are able to move faster and build more secure, resilient systems.
Nicole is also the lead investigator on the largest DevOps study to date, and so has a unique viewpoint on the expanding intersection of DevOps and customer experience (CX). In this two-part blog post, we first discuss some of the study’s findings, and then, later this week in a follow-up post, we’ll talk about how these findings can be applied to development projects that focus on customer experience applications.Read More
Today is CX Day – a day to celebrate the professionals and companies that make great customer experiences happen. So, on this sixth annual CX Day—created by the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA)—I’ve gathered six top insights and observations that I’ve gleaned from Cyara’s customers and fellow CX fanatics over the past year.Read More