U.S. spending for cloud contact center services to reach $1.6 billion in 2018, says IDC

U.S. spending for on-demand (cloud) contact center services will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.5 percent to $1.6 billion in 2018, said IDC.

A majority of companies are using or evaluating a hosted or on-demand solution for their contact center.

“End consumer demands combined with a need for speed, flexibility, and cost reduction are all driving companies to evaluate hosted and on-demand solutions,” said¬†Melissa O’Brien, research analyst,¬†Worldwide Contact Center Services.

While the majority of companies are still using on-premise contact center solutions, most of them are also using or evaluating a hosted or on-demand contact center service.

IDC survey data shows that 39 percent of respondents were using a hosted or on-demand service, 38 percent were evaluating a hosted or on-demand service, and only 23 percent were using an on-premise system and not evaluating the hosted or on-demand model.

Factors contributing to the growth of hosted and on-demand contact center services include cost reduction and pricing model, cloud-based outsourcing, increased shift in spending, and multi-channel customer care.

As customer experience becomes more of a strategic focus for enterprises and the pressures for speed, flexibility, and multi-channel increase, hosted and on-demand contact center services must continue to evolve to keep up to client expectations and support consumers’ future channels of preference.

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