Interview: Hybrid workplaces are the future, says Vishal Agrawal, MD (India & Saarc), Avaya

The pandemic has led to a big digital transformation and how corporations operate. Organisations now are actively searching at collaboration infrastructure that will improve each employee and client expertise, says Vishal Agrawal, managing director, India &amp Saarc, Avaya. “We predict that there might be deeper integrations between collaboration tools such as video, chat, file sharing, email and more,” he tells Sudhir Chowdhary in a current interview. Excerpts:

How are corporations organizing to be digitally prepared just after the Covid-19 pandemic?
Covid-19 has accelerated the adoption of cloud by some years as with remote working becoming the new norm. There has been an rising move towards consumerisation of technologies and organisations are searching at each doable way to keep resilient. Organisations no longer compete on solely goods or services but on the type of experiences which are effortless, personalised, connected, and intuitive and consequently, remembered. Today, it is a competitors in an expertise economy with smarter, more collaborative, more agile, more connected strategies to interact and engage, to drive optimal small business outcomes.

What are the possibilities that Avaya sees in the Indian market place?
As the world moved towards remote model, corporations had to rapidly adapt to the altering situation. While significant organisations had been capable to make that shift rapidly SMBs progressively but steadily paved their way to cloud adoption. Also, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is unleashing a new method towards client expertise (CX) tactic, style, and development. Brands are currently in the run to deploy AI, ML amalgamated with cloud to access insights and automate campaigns and processes.

In this new age of ‘Everything Customer’, as stated by Gartner, organisations are currently searching for ‘Total Experience’ approaches to build effortless experiences across touchpoints. Avaya has been forecasting these developments and with Covid-19 accelerating the adoption of cloud, we have witnessed an improved collaboration wherein we have helped more than two million men and women to work remotely although the unprecedented instances of the pandemic.

How do you strategy to make the Indian workforce digitally prepared?
Avaya’s get in touch with centre small business performed properly in the course of the earlier quarter more than the previous handful of years, and with a focus on cloud-based AI, we aim to additional consolidate our positioning amongst other players. Avaya has partnered with Microsoft to strengthen enterprise client expertise and get in touch with centre functionality by way of integration of Avaya’s offerings on Microsoft’s Azure platform. In the identical line, the partnership with Google, Avaya AI conversation services and Google Cloud CC AI are delivering a improved expertise for customers by seamlessly blending automated and assisted experiences all through a customer’s interaction with the get in touch with centre.

Avaya also not too long ago announced new capabilities for Avaya Spaces, the modern day workstream collaboration (WSC) platform that presents evolved UCaaS (unified communications) capabilities by means of a user’s preferred device. The AI-enhanced meetings, integrated voice and video calling powered by Avaya OneCloud CPaaS (communications platform as a service) can now extend current on-premise calling technologies with Avaya Spaces.

What are the important trends that will drive the collaboration and communication market place?
Since cloud adoption is essential for small business in the new norm, organisations will switch to subscription-based model rather of producing significant capital investments in the technologies, also recognized as infrastructure. Two, there will be improved focus on audio and video top quality offered the quantity of meetups, interactions and seminars will take location practically. Three, cloud adoption will lead to enhanced procedures and seamless workflows. We predict that there may be deeper integrations amongst collaboration tools such as video, chat, file sharing, e mail and more. Four, hybrid is the future of workplace with more and more organisations in India delivering flexibility and remote working possibilities to their personnel.

How is Avaya positioned vis-à-vis the competitors in the Indian market place?
Avaya has updated its communication and collaboration architecture to align with the complete portfolio beneath the Avaya OneCloud name which is split up into 3 core remedy areas—Avaya OneCloud CCaaS, Avaya OneCloud UCaaS, and Avaya OneCloud CPaaS. Under the OneCloud umbrella, buyers will see us delivering worth propositions focused on the digital workplace and the future of client expertise. Therefore, with pretty much 80% of the collaboration market place Avaya is assisting corporations from a variety of verticals such as IT, healthcare, BFSI and education.

Originally appeared on: TheSpuzz