Delivering the future of customer experience, together
SAN JOSE, Calif. – February 19, 2021 – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) Today Cisco has acquired IMImobile PLC, a leading provider of cloud communications software and services that manage business-critical customer interactions at scale, based in the United Kingdom.
In working with a business, customers want the ability to interact while they shop, so they can ask questions or engage to receive support. One that allows them to get service their way – to connect how and when they want, with options for intelligent self-service or a context-aware connection with agents empowered with the tools at hand to meet their needs. This is the future of customer experience – one that anticipates their future needs and proactively addresses them.
IMImobile, like Cisco, recognizes that customer experience is a key competitive advantage for consumer businesses. When enterprises can stay constantly connected to their customers at every touchpoint on every channel, they can create delightful, engaging experiences.
By combining IMImobile solution functionality with the All New Webex Contact Center, Cisco will be able to provide a robust Customer Experience as a Service (CXaaS) offer. This will give organizations the ability to provide delightful customer experiences across the entire life cycle, leveraging technology including artificial intelligence, experience management, collaboration tools, omnichannel capabilities, and programmability for customization.
Furthermore, Cisco will be able to extend journey analytics and customer interaction capabilities beyond the Contact Center and be able to provide a comprehensive set of popular channels including WhatsApp, Google RCS and Apple Business Chat. Every touchpoint on every channel will be an opportunity to deliver rich, engaging intuitive experiences where every interaction matters.
This acquisition reflects Cisco’s continued investment in building a technology stack to deliver on this CXaaS vision. In 2019, Cisco added an experience management solution that provides customer sentiment analytics to improve the understanding, analysis, and optimization of customer journeys and natural language understanding (NLU) capabilities that enable AI-powered customer interactions through the CloudCherry (Oct 2019) and Voicea (Sept 2019) acquisitions. With the completion of the IMImobile Offer, Cisco will further progress its vision of offering a comprehensive CXaaS offering.
Q: Can you explain IMImobile’s offering?
A: IMImobile offers software and services which allow enterprises to stay constantly connected to their customers. IMImobile’s services enable enterprises to offer their customers enhanced interactive experiences, for example:
Q: What is Enterprise CPaaS (Communication Platform as a Service)?
A: Enterprise CPaaS allows enterprise developers to meet the needs of customers and end users who want specialized experiences for specific problems. Oftentimes, these specialized experiences are designed for very specific personas. IMImobile’s programmable workflows will allow enterprise developers to offer tailored specialized experiences powered by Cisco’s underlying video, audio, and collaboration technologies to customers without having to rebuild every time.
Q: Why is now the right time to acquire IMImobile?
A: Customer expectations are rising. In a competitive market, businesses now compete not only on products and services, but also on the quality of the interactive experience they offer their customers. Cisco’s vision is to create a comprehensive Customer Experience as a Service (“CXaaS”) offer for customers, offering a platform to provide consistently enjoyable customer experiences
IMImobile customers should continue to use the existing process for support on installed IMImobile products. Cisco will notify you in advance of any change to the support process.
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IMImobile Customers and Partners:
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