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New ShoreTel Enterprise Contact Center Software Focuses on Needs of Large Customers

Enhanced multi-channel support improves agent productivity and operational efficiency
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Sunnyvale, Calif. – Dec. 12, 2013 – ShoreTel® (NASDAQ: SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple phone systems and unified communications solutions, today released a new version of ShoreTel Enterprise Contact Center with enhancements driven by the needs of large enterprise customers.

ShoreTel Enterprise Contact Center is increasingly being used by large organizations who have a need to service more customers – these days in whatever channel the customer choses to use, whether it’s voice, email, the web or a combination. As contact centers scale upward to address this need, they require more sophisticated tools to efficiently handle the traffic. Without such tools the only solution is to add more agents, which is not cost effective.

To meet the requirements of large customers, ShoreTel enhanced Enterprise Contact Center to maximize the number of interactions a contact center agent can efficiently handle. ShoreTel Enterprise Contact Center 9 uses advanced business logic to define how many and what type of interaction each individual agent can handle – allowing a business manager to tune their contact center for maximum performance without compromising customer satisfaction.

“Large enterprises in particular are looking for new ways to ensure the highest levels of customer care, and with this latest release, ShoreTel delivers greater support for multi-device, multi-channel interactions that will improve customer satisfaction while providing greater business insights at no additional cost,” said Pejman Roshan, vice president of product management at ShoreTel.

MonaVie manufactures and markets nutritional beverages and supplements and has been relying on ShoreTel Enterprise Contact Center since 2010. The company currently has 100 agents in three contact centers both in the US and Asia. Each week agents manage more than 6,000 incoming calls and over 3,000 email inquiries from distributors ordering products.

“The integrated chat and email features in Enterprise Contact Center have significantly improved our productivity and reduced our costs,” said Bret Didier, manager of contact center operations at MonaVie. “In particular, with the busy holiday season we’re able to maintain a high level of customer care and satisfaction without adding staff. Advanced features such as screen pops that help instantly verify caller ID and other data have helped our agents trim up to 15 seconds per call, and with almost half a million calls per year this means huge cost savings. ShoreTel has been far and away the easiest system to deploy, the most cost-effective to maintain, and has really helped MonaVie manage growth with scalable, simple architecture and tools.”

StepChange Debt Charity in the UK implemented ShoreTel Enterprise Contact Center technology for more than 600 agents in order to help manage the ups and downs of call activity. For example, when the charity is receiving an influx of incoming calls, managers can move staff to different queues using the simple ShoreTel interface to make sure customers are quickly connected to the right advisor.

“Enterprise Contact Center has helped to ensure that each inquiry is answered quickly and effectively, enabling our customers to reach a satisfying conclusion without the wait,” said Mike Gillard, helpline team leader at StepChange. “The reporting system has also been incredibly helpful, as I can now use the data available to create reports that can be shared with my managers and can help me quickly make important decisions.”

Enterprise Contact Center 9 is now available from qualified ShoreTel reseller partners.   

About ShoreTel, Inc.

ShoreTel, Inc., (NASDAQ: SHOR) is a leading provider of Pure IP unified communications solutions. ShoreTel enables companies of any size to seamlessly integrate all communications - voice, video, messaging and data - with their business processes. Independent of device or location, ShoreTel's distributed software architecture eliminates the traditional costs, complexity and reliability issues typically associated with other solutions. ShoreTel continues to deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction, ease of use and manageability while driving down the overall total cost of ownership. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas, the United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia and Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com or call 1-800-425-9385.