Response Groups in Lync Server 2013

 May 07, 2014

Response Group is an application in Lync Server 2013 that routes and queues incoming calls to a group of agents. Instead of assigning numbers to individuals, the response group application assigns a number to a hunt group. You can also create interactive workflows that can play a series of options for the caller to choose. Response groups consist of various building blocks such as agents, groups and routing methods queues and workflows.
  • Agents are the Lync users designated to answer incoming calls.
  • Groups consist of a list of agents and they are associated with response group workflows. For instance, Operators can be a group of a series of agents who can forward the incoming call to specific departments based on the menu selection.
  • Queues are the next building block of response groups. Queues hold callers until an agent answers the call. When the Response Group application searches for an available agent, it searches agent groups in the order listed.
Response Groups in Lync Server 2013
  • Workflows are the last building block for the response group. A workflow defines the behaviour of a call from the time that the phone rings to the time that someone answers the call. A workflow also defines the welcome message, hold music and interactive voice response or IVR.  Workflows are configured by using response group configuration tool.

Nine steps to set up a Response Group call centre in Lync Server 2013

Example: A typical response group call flow. San calls New Horizons. The response group workflow decides which group will service the incoming call. One or more agents are alerted on the basis of the availability and routing configuration. An agent then connects San with the department that he wants to interact with.
  1. Create groups and queues (helpdesk, customer service etc.).
  2. Set Queue timeout.
  3. Set participation policy (informal/formal).
  4. Set routing type e.g. round robin, serial, longest idle.
  5. Adds agents to the group.
  6. Choose between Simple Routing and Advanced Routing (IVR) Workflow Templates.
  7. Define TTS-Text-To-Speech or audio file voice prompts.
  8. Assign the workflow to a queue.
  9. Delegate Response Group management to IT support (this is optional).

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San is a highly skilled IT Infrastructure professional with over 15 years experience in a technical training capacity. Throughout his career as a technical training consultant San Has been responsible for the development of numerous IT professionals, providing knowledge and expertise in the areas of Server Operating Systems, Database Management Systems, Messaging and Collaboration. San primarily specialises in delivering training in Microsoft products including Windows Server OS, Windows Client OS, SQL Server, SharePoint Server and Exchange Server. Through his years of practical experience as a technical trainer he is able to provide added insight and value to students that reach beyond the scope of a standard course outline. San has established himself as one of New Horizons’ preferred trainers by continually bringing a combination of technical expertise and personality to the classroom each day.

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