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Chris Giardina

Chris Giardina

Contact center professional with over 10 years of experience in various roles from Agent to Director and everything in between.

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The Citizen Architect Persona

We built our platform to be put into the hands of a “Citizen Architect”, someone you probably already have in your organization.  The persona of a Citizen Architect is going to be someone with an understanding of how processes work and the intricacies of the specific operating procedures.  These resources do not need to be overly technical, however any grasp of HTML or Programming can certainly help relate some of the general concepts and best practices we recommend when using SpiceCSM.  Many of our clients exclusively use non-technical resources to manage all their business process and content management while allowing technical resources to focus on the connections that push and pull data between those processes.

Trending: Phased Deployments

At SpiceCSM we have noticed a growing trend in deployment methodologies used when implementing a client's solution. When working with clients who have many overarching project goals or other unique complexities involved, we have seen many of them turn to a phased “crawl, walk, run” approach to maximize their returns and make the deployment work more seamlessly.  The concept applied here simply means that by offering an incremental approach to deploying a project or use case we try to avoid being so far sighted that it prevents progress towards a more immediately usable solution.  Instead, by focusing on and solving “micro-projects”, the synergy of those projects being completed in a more timely manner can have as big if not a bigger impact on the organization than one large project done in the same amount of time.  

Data Integration - 3 Reasons To Connect Your Disparate Systems

Connecting data between different systems using API’s or system level connections is an integral part of any digital transformation. Businesses can create a digital mesh using a variety of hand-picked systems rather than finding a one-size-fits-all solution. Specialized systems can each focus on a particular task but still collaborate with and leverage the capabilites of other external systems. Using integration capabilities like API’s, many disparate systems can be combined to create a best-in-breed ecosystem to better serve any particular business function. With SpiceCSM all manner of systems can be tied together, regardless of whether they have API's, and you can easily create a unified interface for your newly created digital eco-system.

"Crowd-Sourced" Process Management

At SpiceCSM we appreciate that Process Management is a full-time task and can seem daunting at times. Processes can be moving targets, requirements force workflows to constantly evolve, and data transactions can require updates as connections mature. We have identified the following three challenges that organizations will face as they build and maintain one of the most critical pieces of their business operations:

Guided Processes vs. Decision Trees

Typical decision trees like the ones you see in flow-charting applications are essentially step-by-step guides that walk a user through a process and provide them with the next best steps based on their selections. They sort complex processes into incremental steps so they are easier to follow, but that’s about the extent of the functionality for most decision tree implementations. There’s no intelligence or logic and the processes are contained in their own little boxes.

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