Posts Tagged ‘Contact Centers’

Datasquirt Sale Completed

December 20, 2011

Today Datasquirt completed the sale of its assets and undertakings to LiveOps Inc of California USA. The employees of Datasquirt are now employees of LiveOps, Datasquirt’s products are now LiveOps’ products and Datasquirt customers are now LiveOps’ customers.

To me this marks the successful conclusion of a ten year journey with Datasquirt that started back in 2001. There have certainly been many interesting and challenging adventures that have involved a wide range of different people along the way.

Datasquirt was initially an experimental business that built business solutions around SMS Text messaging (which was all new and exciting at the time). We were ‘experimental’ in that we built various different types of bespoke messaging solutions for different types of businesses. After a while we started to see a pattern of what were common requirements for most of these business, so we developed a product called CONTACT that covered the common requirements, yet could be flexible and adapt to the specific needs of the various businesses that we targeted.

In 2008 we floated Datasquirt on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), just before the global market meltdown. With the proceeds of the Initial Public Offering (IPO) we set up sales offices in Australia, Germany, USA and the UK.

In early 2011 we partnered with a leading Cloud Contact Centre Provider ‘LiveOps’ as a distributor of Datasquirt’s products – primarily focused on the North American market. Later in the year we and they realised that our non-voice product set and their voice product set (both Cloud Based Solutions for Contact Centres) belonged together, so hence acquisition discussions began.

I wish LiveOps and the Datasquirt team well going forward and will watch their progress and successes with much interest over the coming years. I think they will make a formidable combination and they will have an extremely compelling Cloud-based offering for Contact Centres.

Sale of Datasquirt approved by Shareholders

December 14, 2011

This morning I chaired a General Meeting of Datasquirt Limited, where the the shareholders voted to approve two resolutions relating to the sale of Datasquirt’s business to LiveOps Inc (a leading US-based cloud contact centre provider).

The first resolution approved the sale of the business to LiveOps for US $12.5M cash and the second resolution approved Datasquirt buying back 83.33% of its shares from Shareholders at NZ $0.499 per share (one share purchased for every 1.2 owned).

The sale transaction still remains conditional on a number of technical issues, but I’m confident that it will take place before the end of this year.

I believe this will be a great result for Datasquirt, LiveOps, their respective customers and the New Zealand IT industry, for the following reasons;

  • The sale brings together two world-class, complementary contact centre technology providers who share a common passion and purpose.
  • It means customers will be able to access all the communication channels they need to run a modern call centre – sms, email, fax, web chat, social media and voice – from one expert provider, LiveOps, via the ease of the cloud.
  • All of Datasquirt’s staff are being retained and will continue operating from their current locations in Auckland NZ and the United Kingdom.
  • The retention of Datasquirt’s development team in Auckland will undoubtedly lead to further investment and jobs within the local IT industry.
  • Datasquirt’s shareholders get the option of a return of their capital at a very fair price.

Datasquirt UK Customer Wins #1 in Service over Email

October 5, 2011

Congratulations to Wokingham Borough Council for winning #1 in “Service Over Email”, at‘s Call Centre Focus Awards, held in London recently.

Wokingham Borough Council’s contact centre uses Datasquirt‘s CONTACT cloud-based messaging console for managing and processing their email communications.

Datasquirt voted #1 by readers of UK Specialist Call Centre Magazine

September 22, 2011

UK's Call Centre Helper Magazine

Readers of leading UK Call Centre Magazine “Call Centre Helper” have voted Datasquirt‘s Cloud based CONTACT Multi-Channel solution as #1 of the top 25 Call Centre Technologies.

CONTACT is cloud-based call centre software – for adding text messaging, email, web chat, Twitter and fax capability to contact centres.

This is a fantastic endorsement of Datasquirt’s offering by the Call Centre community and Datasquirt’s UK customers.

The Social Media Revolution for Corporate Contact Centers

September 18, 2010

Opportunities and demands on today’s Corporate Contact Centers have evolved extensively since the early days of the “Call Center”. Whereas the primary communication channel has always been the voice call, today we have the addition of SMS Text, Email, Faxes, Web Chat and now Social Media.

Social Media (such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) opens up new possibilities for corporates to interact with their customers and analyse what people are saying and thinking about them and their products.

With the addition of Social Media capability to Datasquirt‘s CONTACT messaging platform; Corporate Contact Centers now have a solution that enables them to leverage Social Media channels alongside SMS, Fax, Email and WebChat. This is ideal for enabling conversations with customers to span multiple channels without compromising the ability to holistically report and audit across the whole spectrum of channels.

Click here for a preview of “CONTACT Social”, Datasquirt’s new Social Media capability for its CONTACT messaging platform.

Social Media Marketing Mistakes

June 21, 2010

I’ve just been reading a very interesting article by Mike Proulx of Bloomberg Businessweek, called Top Five Social Media Marketing Mistakes.

In the article, Mike is saying that businesses large and small should;

  • Monitor Social Media in order to know what is being said about them.
  • Ensure that the right people are responding when needed. The wrong responses can be very damaging and costly.
  • Respond Quickly – delays send bad signals to the market.
  • Never fake anything in Social Media – you will be found out!
  • Never Stop – Social Media is an ongoing activity and marketing investment.

The larger the business and the bigger its public profile, the more critical it is that it manages its Social Media presence expertly and diligently.

Datasquirt’s product “CONTACT” is ideal for corporations wanting to manage all of their Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube etc) and other direct messaging (SMS, Web Chat, Email etc) from a single web-based multi-user console. CONTACT addresses all of the challenges normally faced by corporates wanting to manage their social media presence, from monitoring & reporting, through to team management, standard messages, audit trails, cross-media conversations and general compatibility with modern Contact Center operational requirements.

Datasquirt have been in the Corporate short-messaging business for nearly a decade and supply CONTACT solutions to leading businesses and government departments throughout the world.

Introducing Datasquirt

March 25, 2010

I have to be careful about what I say about Datasquirt because it’s a publicly listed company on the Australian stock exchange (ASX:DSQ) and being a non-executive director and chairman, there are strict rules about what I can and cannot say, without making an announcement to the ASX.

What I can say is as follows; 🙂

Firstly, I have to say that Datasquirt is a cool company, made up of people who are passionate about what they do. Datasquirt’s product is called CONTACT and it’s a SaaS, Web deployed Communications Console for Corporate Businesses to enable their Contact Centers (formerly Call Centers) to interact with their customers, suppliers or staff using SMS text, Instant Messaging, email, fax etc.

I was one of the founders of Datasquirt and so my involvement dates back to when the company started up in 2001. This was soon after I (and some of the other Datasquirt founders) sold our previous business, Exonet.

In the early days we did a lot of experimenting to see how SMS Texts could be used for business purposes. After several years of building custom SMS applications for various industry verticals, we started to see what common functionality everyone wanted and realized that all the big customers had Contact Centers – so we designed and built CONTACT as a product to satisfy this market need.

Being web deployed, CONTACT can be run from any browser on the Internet, so requires minimal effort by the customers’ IT departments to get it up and running. The product integrates with the customer’s internal databases such as CRM, ERP etc and has advanced logic algorithms to pre-process messages automatically and/or distribute them to applicable call center operators. Templates and automation facilitate a speedy response to incoming messages and advanced reporting functions enable all types of reports and analysis – including the types of reporting normally expected in corporate contact centers.

In today’s world of advanced and instant world-wide communications, it is more important than ever for businesses to engage with the new communication technologies and new social media types like Twitter, Linked-In, Facebook etc. Accordingly, these are exciting times for Datasquirt and its product CONTACT which empowers corporate business customers to communicate directly, instantly and intimately in the new communications age!

Watch this company this year!