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When combining self-service and traditional call center components, it is important to clearly define the call-flow process so that all interactions work seamlessly. The solution should incorporate built-in contingency plans that connect customers with a live agent as soon as additional assistance is required. Savvy companies achieve the best of both worlds by enhancing the customer experience while reducing the overall cost of customer care. Lowering the unit cost of customer interaction is a complex process that involves weighing the pros and cons of numerous interconnected variables. In the 1970s and 1980s, most speech technologies concentrated on routing calls through IVR systems, handling simple inquiries, and generally yielding very low customer satisfaction results. Over the past three years, advancements in conversational technologies have enabled the deploym... (more)

Aligning IT with Business

SOA Is Now a Business Imperative Integration remains the number one IT priority; fully 60-70% of IT budgets are dedicated to it. Web services makes integrations simpler and cheaper. It makes B2B integrations practical. What businesses demand from a service-oriented architecture (SOA) is dynamic integration capability. They want rapid response to change, to competitors, to new business opportunities. SOA built with Web services allows IT to build reusable business functions. Truly reusable business functions create efficiency, modularity, and easier integration. The functionality to be reused might be inventory, pricing, purchasing, shipping, and countless others. Most important, reusable business functions create flexibility. Flexibility and adaptability allow a business to respond to changing business conditions, to be agile. Architectural Underpinnings of SOA Instea... (more)

StrikeIron Adds To Its Financial Web Services

StrikeIron's real-time, on demand financial services offerings for its Web services network gained a boost with the inclusion of four new on demand financial offerings. StrikeIron now has a product line in excess of 1,000. The services integrate by means of an XML-based Web services interface to any product or platform. StrikeIron is making the new Web services, which include StrikeIron Market Indices, StrikeIron Mutual Funds, StrikeIron Securities, and StrikeIron Exchanges, available on a "pay-per-use" subscription basis. They all integrate into Web sites, enterprise portals, corporate intranets and extranets, software applications, wireless and PDA applications, and other interactive services. These latest releases help round out StrikeIron's portfolio of products, and tie in directly with the company's recently announced StrikeIron OnDemand Web Services for Micro... (more)

StarCompliance Software Selects SAVVIS for Virtualization IT Infrastructure

SAVVIS announced an agreement to provide fully managed hosting services to StarCompliance Software. In conjunction with its released Next Generation software, StarCompliance is expanding their relationship with SAVVIS by upgrading their IT infrastructure to SAVVIS’ managed and virtualized IT utility services platform. SAVVIS has been providing StarCompliance Software and its global client base with hosting and managed security services, including virtualized firewalls and intrusion detection services since 2001. The further outsourcing of its IT infrastructure will allow StarCompliance to increase its focus on its core business operations. Star elected to migrate to SAVVIS’ virtualized IT infrastructure services platform featuring utility compute and storage solutions and managed security in conjunction with the release of its Next Generation software, ... (more)

Mistakes People Make With Bankruptcy Attorney Fees and How to Avoid Them

Personal Bankruptcy on Ulitzer There are different attorney fees for filing bankruptcy for chapter 7 and chapter 13, but they can be waived off completely if a financial hardship has been proven. The best advice in evaluating the attorney fee is to check upon the efficiency of the attorney or by getting an attorney by a favorable referral cause as this proves to be the best rule applied so far. The most common mistake that a customer does is to pay the attorney's fee with the help of their credit cards assuming that the credit card debts had been wiped out and even though if he is successful the creditor can claim that the customer had no intention to pay the creditor and this in return might lead to all sorts trouble and financial problems for the customer. The best thing suggested would be to arrange a payment plan with the lawyer one should bear in mind the whole ... (more)

Inflation Is the Biggest Threat to U.S. Economy in 2010

In a press release issued today, The National Inflation Association ( discussed the biggest threat to the U.S. economy in 2010. In 2009, we saw the monetary inflation created by the Federal Reserve's zero percent interest rates drive up the prices of U.S. stocks, without dramatically increasing the prices of U.S. consumer goods. We consider 2009 to have been a brief period of euphoria, before a rapid increase in the prices of food, energy, clothes and other necessities Americans need to live and survive. With Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan employees taking home record bonuses this month, it's only a matter of time before this money works its way through the system. We saw an artificial boost in the U.S. GDP this year because of government stimulus spending. In our documentary 'The Dollar Bubble' we spoke about how the destructive 'Cash for Clunker... (more)

FINRA Funds Social Media Program

Financial social media marketing just received a welcome boost from the nation’s largest independent securities industry regulator. The Alliance Library System of East Peoria, Ill. received a grant of  $100,000 from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association (ALA) for social media and other education programs. FINRA steps up The library system will deliver saving and investing information through social media targeting individuals ages 13 to 35, according to Earth Times. The demographically and technologically attuned library system in rural, central Illinois will also provide online and face-to-face investor education programs through six of its public libraries. What next? “This move bodes well for financial marketers,” social media consultant D. Bruce Johnston said recently. “FINRA is sup... (more)

Medica Announces Its First Product for Individuals in South Dakota

MINNETONKA, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/16/05 -- Medica today announced the introduction of a short-term health plan product and a high deductible health plan product for individuals who are not yet eligible for Medicare. The products are available in select South Dakota counties. The short-term product, Medica Direct Short-Term(SM) for Individuals, provides quality health care coverage for 30 to 90 days and offers a range of deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums and family coverage. The products are the first Medica product for individuals not eligible for Medicare in South Dakota and the first new product for individuals to be introduced in the state in a long time. The high deductible product, Medica Direct HSA(SM) for Individuals, provides a range of deductible options, long-term coverage and family coverage. It gives an individual the option to open a federally qu... (more)

Stull, Stull & Brody Announces Class Action Against UBS-AG on Behalf of Those Who Purchased Van Kampen Mutual Funds From UBS

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 09/23/05 -- Notice is hereby given that a class action lawsuit was filed on July 29, 2005 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against UBS-AG and its affiliated entities ("UBS"), on behalf of those who purchased Van Kampen mutual funds from UBS between May 1, 2000 and April 30, 2005, inclusive (the "Class Period"), seeking to pursue remedies under the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act"). The Van Kampen mutual funds and their respective symbols are as follows: Van Kampen Aggressive Growth A (NASDAQ: VAGAX) Van Kampen Aggressive Growth B (NASDAQ: VAGBX) Van Kampen Aggressive Growth C (NASDAQ: VAGCX) Van Kampen Aggressive Growth I (NASDAQ: VAGDX) Van Kampen American Value A (NASDAQ: MSAVX) Van Kampen American Value B (NASDAQ: MGA... (more)

Abacus Wealth Partners' Recommendations for Financial Peace-of-Mind in 2007

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/18/07 -- What are the hot stocks and mutual funds for 2007 and how do you find them? These are questions that many investors have today. Spencer Sherman and Brent Kessel of Abacus Wealth Partners, LLC (, however, have known the answer for more than 20 years: diversification and rebalancing. Rather than poring over annual reports and other subjective market investment information, Spencer and Brent and their investment committee take a more disciplined and quantitative approach to creating a portfolio. This quantitative approach has kept emotion out of their investment decisions through good times and bad. Their approach of diversification rather than market timing is supported by more than 100 years of market performance analysis, and the approach helped rank Spencer or Brent among Worth magazine's t... (more)

Sentry Select Capital Corp. Announces Error in Sentry Select Commodities Income Trust (TSX: SSJ.UN) Redemption

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/04/07 -- Sentry Select Capital Corp. ("Sentry Select" or the "Manager"), the manager of Sentry Select Commodities Income Trust (the "Trust") (TSX: SSJ.UN), announces that it has identified a calculation error in the redemption amount paid out to unitholders on September 22, 2006, with respect to those units that were redeemed on August 31, 2006. The Manager identified an error in its computation of the Net Realized Proceeds per Unit, which resulted in an understatement of this amount by approximately $0.0604 per unit. As a result, unitholders who redeemed their units in respect of the annual redemption, which had a Valuation Date as at August 31, 2006, are entitled to additional redemption proceeds from the Trust. The correct Net Realized Proceeds per Unit is $9.8757, an increase from $9.8153, which was the amount previously ... (more)