$1,000,000 wasted on Speech Analytics was avoidable.


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I was speaking with someone today that lamented wasting $450,000 on Speech Analytics software that’s now shelfware. When you really think about it, his company wasted far more than $450k, probably closer to $1 million. First he said he spent $350k in seat licenses and $100k in additional servers to support the new software. But what about the training and people costs? And the missed opportunity costs since the shelfware is just sitting? You see, there’s so much more money wasted than just what was initially spent to purchase the software.

It happens more often than not when companies get in over their heads with powerful Speech Analytics software and they have no one with the deep domain expertise to use it properly. It’s like dropping a pile of wood in front of some novices vs. master craftsmen and expecting a beautiful home. Sure, the novices can probably make a house but will it be a gorgeous product? There will most definitely be a difference in the master’s product, the speed of work and the overall beauty.

Trying to take a sophisticated tool like Speech Analytics software live with the help of a novice will fail every time. So in purchasing your Speech Analytics software you should ask yourself — are apprentices doing your analytics work or do you have master craftsmen?

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Jim Rembach
Jim Rembach is recognized as a Top 50 Thought Leader and CX Influencer. He's a certified Emotional Intelligence practitioner and host of the Fast Leader Show podcast and president of Call Center Coach, the world's only virtual blended learning academy for contact center supervisors and emerging supervisors. He’s a founding member of the Customer Experience Professionals Association’s CX Expert Panel, Advisory Board Member for Customer Value Creation International (CVCI), and Advisory Board Member for CX University.


  1. Unfortunately this happens far too often with Speech Analytics implementations. Speech Analytics can deliver extremely powerful insights, but on its own it cannot know what is important to your business (i.e. which KPI’s), and it cannot implement the business process changes that are often required in order to improve these KPI’s—I agree that domain expertise in contact center operations etc. is required for any successful Speech Analytics project.

    This is why we at UTOPY consider the success of our customers to be the key to our success, and a prerequisite to considering any implementation successful. The bottom-line is, we make a commitment to our customers that we will not allow this situation to happen to them with our software. The solution is different for each customer depending upon their expertise and requirements, but we work closely with each customer to ensure their success.


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