Plum Voice Blog

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How to Reduce the Risk of Fraud with Your IVR

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“You are what you are and you ain’t what you ain’t” – Dear Abby, John Prine “Basic” Security Isn’t Enough When it comes to fraud prevention, this line from a John Prine song pretty much explains what it is fraud prevention technology tries to figure out. Preventing fraud over voice communications channels has its own challenges. Most companies have security… Read More

Case Study: Mobile Software Company Improves Customer Service with Plum IVR

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A leading mobile software company (MSC) in Canada uses Plum products to power their customer service offerings. As a company that offers an array of digital products with over 100 million users all over the globe, MSC needed a solution that had multi-language support. As a company that deals with digital products in its own right, MSC wanted a solution… Read More

No Time For Guess Work – Defining ‘Complex Processes’ For IVR

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The other day I was looking at my bank account on my bank’s mobile app. I noticed an odd transaction and immediately called the bank to figure out what was going on. I entered my account number and phone PIN, and at that point, the IVR told me something along the lines of, “I see you were just looking at… Read More

Simplify IVR Development Using Visualization

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Computer programming isn’t for everyone. And you know what? That’s ok. Traditional Computer Programming There are a number of inherent challenges with writing code that even the best developers would agree with. One is the linear nature of writing code. Some of this is governed by syntax, but at the same time, it can be a challenge to effectively juggle… Read More

Transcription vs. ASR: Which Is Right For You?

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It happens all the time with technology: two different processes that share some similarities get conflated. People say one thing and really mean the other, and vice versa. One area where we see this with audio related processes involves automatic speech recognition (ASR) and transcription. What both of these things tend to suffer from is a definition problem. When it… Read More

IVR – The Strong, Silent Partner In Mobile Banking

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From Here to There and Everywhere Are we seeing the swan song of brick-and-mortar store fronts for banks? It’s no secret that mobile banking has taken off in recent years. People are more likely to stand outside their bank and complete a transaction on their phone than to actually go inside. Scaling back the number of brick-and-mortar locations eliminates a… Read More

Business Logic & Automated Voice Apps: An Introduction

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Here at Plum we take user experience very seriously. That’s why we want to help companies that automate phone calls to provide not only great user experiences, but a solution that’s easy to manage as well. Because if your voice applications are easy to manage there is a lot less potential for disruptions in service or errors in the user… Read More

A Quick Guide to CTI and Screen Pops

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Part of our Back to the Basics Series. See also: PSTN, VoIP, SIP Trunking, and Telephony. When it comes to computer telephony integration, or CTI, a significant amount of distortion exists between the textbook definition of the term and what people understand it to mean in today’s business environment. Here we’ll cover what CTI is, what people typically mean when they… Read More

How Credit Card Transactions Work: A Tutorial

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One of many famous scenes in the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap occurs when the band is trying to get from their dressing room to the stage and they end up getting lost in the hallways and corridors of the venue. If you’ve ever wondered what happens after someone swipes a credit card—how, exactly, does the payments process work?—then chances are you’d… Read More

Experts Reveal How to Get Healthy, HIPAA-Compliant IT

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Personal medical information may be the only type of data that is more valuable to internet ne’er-do-wells than credit card information. Health care data breaches are serious business so having security measures in place to protect patient information is critical. The federal government passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) to help address this situation. Companies… Read More