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Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology can help significantly improve customer support.

Interactive Voice provides automated response service capabilities by enabling customers to use the keys on a touch-tone phone to access information, such as bank account balances, flight arrival and departure times, and package delivery status.

This capability is provided by using a pre-recorded human voice stored on a computer hard drive, or by using text-to-speech technologies. These pre-recorded options are accessed via customizable touch-tone dialing (DTMF) phone menus.

Some systems offer a self-service option that includes an unlimited number of phone menu options such as playing a message, routing an interaction to a queue, sending a fax, opening a sub-menu, and other features.

Advanced features include data connectivity to multiple ODBC data sources, wireless access, automated speech recognition (ASR), in-depth reporting, Voice Recognition XML and SALT support, and support of multi-channel communications, such as input by Web or fax.

Systems can vary in scalability, from several ports for a single location, to thousands of ports suitable for multiple centers or even carrier networks.

Industry analysts report that interactive applications can significantly reduce the cost of supporting customer interactions if advanced speech software is used to more flexibly support complex interactions, such as helping callers complete applications, scheduling service requests, providing technical support, and handling financial transactions. Some studies show that a company migrating from touch-tone to ASR experiences up to a 15 to 20 percent gain in un-assisted call completions. Below is a list of vendors who can implement an integrated self-service system for your business.


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[24]7 is redefining the way that companies interact with consumers. The company’s customer engagement platform assists several hundred million visitors and engages in 1.5 billion conversations annually, across all channels, most of which are automated. Using [24]7 solutions, many of the world’s largest and most recognizable brands are anticipating and acting on consumer intent to create more personalized customer experiences. This shift to an intent-driven engagement strategy results in an order of magnitude improvement in digital adoption, customer satisfaction, and revenue growth.


Aspect builds customer-company relationships through a combination of customer contact software and workforce optimization for the enterprise.

BBN Technologies

AVOKE Caller Experience Analytics from BBN Technologies is the first and only solution that profiles complete end-to-end telephone interactions from the caller’s perspective.  Without installing any new hardware or software, the AVOKE Call Browser system captures the caller's entire experience from dialing to hang-up - including all announcements, prompts, IVRs, queues and agents - across all sites, continents and outsource partners.  Companies use the AVOKE Call Browser system to deliver real-time caller experience dashboards, and to supply process improvement teams with complete and objective customer data.  BBN also provides professional services to quickly analyze a large volume of calls and deliver specific and quantified improvement roadmaps. 

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet and a leading provider of communication and collaboration solutions, including solutions for the contact center. Cisco customer solutions combine powerful contact center multi-channel routing and queuing with voice self-service to create unique, content rich experiences. Cisco is also delivering the next wave of customer care that enables enterprises to integrate traditional contact center tools and processes with Web 2.0, emerging social medias, and video in order to deliver compelling customer experiences and proactively manage a company’s brand and reputation.


Genesys, the world’s #1 Customer Experience Platform, empowers companies to create exceptional omnichannel customer experiences, journeys and relationships. Trusted by over 4,700 customers in 120 countries, Genesys orchestrates over 25 billion contact center interactions per year in the cloud and on premises. 


The inContact platform includes ACD software with skills-based routing, IVR with speech recognition, CTI capabilities, reporting, work force optimization, eLearning, agent hiring and customer feedback measurement tools. Taken together, the inContact service center platform creates an integrated, all-in-one software solution for operations seeking to support call centers, including those with a distributed workforce – either at-home or multi-site. Please see inContact’s cloud contact center solutions.


InMoment™ is a cloud-based customer experience (CX) optimization platform that allows companies to listen to and engage with their customers to improve business results through better experiences. The company is the leading VoC vendor for the contact center industry, offering comprehensive voice solutions (including speech to text, live agent analysis, verbatims, inbound and outbound IVR, service-to-survey routing, and a proprietary telephony architecture) as part of the Experience Hub™, a platform that provides Voice of Customer (VoC), Social Advocacy and Reviews, and Employee Engagement technology. InMoment also provides strategic guidance and tactical instruction, support, and services, to 350 brands across 25 industries in 128 countries.

Interactive Intelligence

Interactive Intelligence offers unified business communications for contact center automation, unified communications, and business process automation, with our open standards, all-in-one software suite. Over 5,000 organizations worldwide currently benefit from our on-premise or cloud-based solutions, both of which include value-added services for software, hardware, implementation, consulting, support and education. 

Jacada Inc.

Jacada Inc. enables organizations to deliver effortless customer self-service and agent assisted interactions by implementing cutting-edge mobile, smart device, and web based visual IVR solutions, as well as optimized agent desktops, and business process optimization tools. Customers can benefit from an improved customer experience at every touch point with the organization, whether at the contact center, on the mobile, the website, or at the retail store. Most Jacada deployments provide complete return on investment within the first three to seven months after deployment. Founded in 1990, Jacada operates globally with offices in Atlanta, USA; London, England; Munich, Germany; and Herzliya, Israel.


Nuance provides tailored customer service solutions that support intuitive and pleasing interactions between companies and their customers. Our full suite of customer care solutions – including speech-enabled IVR, full-service hosting, proactive outbound notifications, routing and CTI services, desktop optimization and business consulting – enable organizations with complex and evolving customer care operations to earn happy, loyal customers.

Verint® Systems

Verint® is a global leader in Actionable Intelligence®, which has become a necessity in a dynamic world of massive information growth. By empowering organizations with crucial insights, Verint solutions enable decision makers to anticipate, respond and take action, and make more informed, effective and timely decisions. Our solutions are designed to address three important areas of the actionable intelligence market: customer engagement optimization; security intelligence; and fraud, risk and compliance. Verint’s vision is to create A Smarter World with Actionable Intelligence®, and today, more than 10,000 organizations in over 180 countries—including over 80 percent of the Fortune 100—already benefit from this vision.


VoltDelta OnDemand is a global provider of virtual contact center and voice recognition solutions. Organizations around the world partner with VoltDelta to deploy contact centers and remote agents, enable self service with patent-pending speech technology, and communicate with multi-channel support. Over 2.4 billion calls and 2 billion SMS text messages per year are processed within VoltDelta’s on demand infrastructure.