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Better call centres? Council appoints TelstraClear to standardise and simplify them

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Press Release – Auckland Council
After a competitive tender process, Auckland Council has appointed TelstraClear to head a project to standardise and simplify its customer call centres.

Council engaged TelstraClear as part of a wider programme of work to continue to unify its core systems and business processes. This wider programme of work will make Council more efficient; saving ratepayers $50.1 million, over the next 10-year period.

A little over two years ago, Auckland Council was formed out of the amalgamation of eight different legacy councils and their business units. This also necessitated the bringing together of eight different operating systems and that work is still very much ongoing.

As part of this, council inherited a call centre service model which was designed to keep services stable through the transition period, as well as provide callers access to council via a single telephone number. While this temporary system continues to work, call centres remain located in each of the legacy council areas and the multiple systems supporting these are expensive and unsustainable.

A single, comprehensive call centre system and supporting processes are now required to provide the best possible support to council staff and to better serve Aucklanders, as promised through the Auckland and Long-term plans, now and into the future.

“We will replace the many different call centre systems with one single system that’s cheaper to operate overall, more reliable, and one which provides a better service to Aucklanders,” said Nigel King, Auckland Council’s manager of customer services. “The systems we inherited at the time of amalgamation no longer serve an organisation of Auckland Council’s size and we will replace it with a single cost-effective model that’ll serve our needs for years.”

Council estimates that investing in this call centre solution will have an overall benefit of $7.3 million as well as making its customer contact systems more efficient.

Press Release – TelstraClear
Today’s announcement by Auckland Council that TelstraClear will be creating the City’s new call centre reconfirms the company’s call centre expertise. TelstraClear already provides the call centres for some of the country’s biggest and most important government and private enterprise organisations, and the people of the country’s largest city will benefit from the experience and abilities that TelstraClear will bring to the project.

“We’re delighted that Auckland Council recognised that our in-cloud solution was the right one for the city and picked TelstraClear from the other competitive bids that it reviewed,” says Andrew Crabb, TelstraClear’s Head of Business and Government.

“As well as being a leader in call centres, we can draw on our experience with providing innovative communications solutions and operating an extensive world-class network to ensure that Aucklanders get a Council call centre that helps them better work and play.”

TelstraClear was acquired by Vodafone New Zealand in November this year. Vodafone has been working with Auckland Council for over two years, delivering mobile voice and data services, as well as mobility solutions to the Council and Council Controlled Organisations. When added to the call centre partnership announced today, Auckland Council is enjoying the benefits of TelstraClear and Vodafone combined.


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