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Cisco Unified IP Interactive Voice Response (IVR)

Cisco Unified IP Interactive Voice Response 9.0

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Product Overview

Cisco® Unified IP Interactive Voice Response (Unified IP IVR) is designed to enhance the efficiency of your organization bysimplifying business integration, increasing flexibility, and providing efficiency gains in network hosting. Thesefeatures reduce business costs and can dramatically improve customer satisfaction. Tightly integrated with Cisco Unified Communications Manager software, Cisco Unified IP IVR offers ease of installation, configuration, and application hosting because it is constructed to exploit the power of IP-based communications.

Cisco Unified IP IVR is designed to facilitate concurrent multimedia communication processing. The Cisco Unified IP IVR architecture is open and extensible to allow you to incorporate custom-developed Java classes, enabling developers to extend Cisco Unified IP IVR to meet your special business needs.

Features and Benefits

Cisco Unified IP IVR has several features to increase customer satisfaction:

Facilitates self-service options, such as access to checking account information or user-directed call routing, by processing user commands through touchtone input or speech-recognition technologies

Allows customers to retrieve the information they require through voice commands without ever speaking with an agent, or to quickly navigate to the correct department or agent that can help them

Provides multilingual support for Cisco Unified IP IVR server prompts, for automated-speech-recognition (ASR) and text-to-speech (TTS) capabilities

Delivers notification to users through email, fax, pager, and short message service (SMS) (some of these services require the use of a service provider or fax server)

Provides more comprehensive and effective customer service by efficiently handling call traffic with self-service or fast transfer to the correct agent the first time

Cisco Unified IP IVR offers many ways to reduce operating and application development costs:

Allows simple transactional requests to be offloaded from agents and handled by Cisco Unified IP IVR

Enables rapid development and deployment of IVR applications with a web-based service creation and scripting environment

Allows HTTP requests to trigger application execution

Supports ASR through integration with third-party ASR software

Supports TTS through integration with third-party TTS software

Enables easy testing and debugging of applications using built-in debugging tools

Provides standard real-time and historical reports to efficiently manage contact center resources

Supports development of customized reports using a third-party reporting package to meet additional reporting requirements in the contact center

Supports specification-based virtual machines running on Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS®) or selected third-party servers

Significantly reduces the need for costly equipment for integration of an existing IVR or private branch exchange (PBX)

Cisco Unified IP IVR can help reduce acquisition, installation, and maintenance costs:

Administration is performed from anywhere on your corporate WAN with a completely web-based administration interface.

Access to customer information is provided through support for Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) and access to Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2, and Sybase databases.

The cost and time associated with installation, upgrading, and reversion through appliance model deployment are significantly reduced. The separate partitions of the appliance model allow updates to be implemented on the inactive partition while the active partition is handling calls, reducing the maintenance window required for updates.

High availability over the WAN allows deployment of two Cisco Unified IP IVR servers across a WAN to provide geographical redundancy.

Enhanced scalability, to up to 400 ports, eases expansion as your contact center operation grows.

Cisco Unified IP IVR also can help optimize corporate and contact center resources:

Performs “prompt-and-collect” functions to obtain user data, such as passwords or account identification, to pass to contact center agents

Extracts and parses web content and presents this data to customers through a telephony interface, facilitating reuse and delivery of web-maintained information to callers through a voice portal

Supports Voice XML (VoiceXML), allowing you to create voice portals and voice-enabling websites that use HTTP, XML, and web or application servers

Integrates with CiscoWorks network management software

Cisco Unified IP IVR Components

Cisco Unified IP IVR has the following primary components:

IP IVR editor: In this Windows GUI-based application-development environment, you can create applications and workflows using a drag-and-drop interface.

IP IVR engine: This run-time environment runs Cisco Unified IP IVR workflows.

Step libraries: These libraries of JavaBeans provide the programming constructs, called steps, for the Cisco Unified IP IVR workflows.

Flow repository: In this storage location, all workflows and configuration data are stored using the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).

The Cisco Unified IP IVR feature set processes voice-over-IP (VoIP) streams routed to it by Cisco Unified Communications Manager and thus requires no digital-signal-processor (DSP) cards in Cisco Unified IP IVR itself. Therefore, only one time-division multiplexing (TDM) interface is required to connect Cisco Unified IP IVR, Cisco Unified Communications Manager, and the public switched telephone network (PSTN): the VoIP gateway interface to the PSTN. IP-originated calls require no TDM infrastructure; therefore, Internet- and intranet-generated VoIP calls can terminate directly on Cisco Unified IP IVR.

Administration of Cisco Unified IP IVR is completely web based; administrators can start, stop, and update the IP IVR engine from a standard web browser. This GUI manages the details of interfacing Cisco Unified IP IVR with Cisco Unified Communications Manager and access to the other required network resources.

The IP IVR engine also supports a powerful debugging mode that allows the designer to create breakpoints and to directly upload and run the workflow for testing purposes. When testing is complete, the designer uploads the completed application to the directory, from which it can be deployed to production Cisco Unified IP IVR servers on the network.

Ordering Information

To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering homepage at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/ordering/index.shtml. Configure IVR-90-NEW-BUNDLE to order Cisco Unified IP IVR.

Cisco Unified Communications Services

Cisco Unified Communications Services allows you to accelerate cost savings and productivity gains associated with deploying a secure, resilient Cisco Unified Communications Solution. Delivered by Cisco and our certified partners, our portfolio of services is based on proven methodologies for unifying voice, video, data, and mobile applications on fixed and mobile networks. Our unique lifecycle approach to services can enhance your technology experience to accelerate true business advantage.

Conclusion

Cisco Unified IP IVR helps remove the constraints of PSTN circuit-based IVR applications by IP-enabling IVR applications and creating connections to web-based content. Cisco Unified IP IVR is constructed to exploit the power of IP-based communications. With its powerful service-creation environment, enterprises can rapidly develop and deploy IVR applications to provide advanced self-service and enhanced call-control applications to improve overall customer satisfaction.

For More Information

For more information about Cisco Unified IP IVR, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/ipivr or contact your local Cisco account representative.