Edenor, the largest energy distribution company in Argentina, has managed to improve customer service, thanks to the implementation of the Avaya OneCloud platform.
Edenor is Argentina’s largest energy distribution company, supplying this vital service to more than 3 million customers distributed in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires, which represents supplying energy to more than 9 million people.
Oscar Kovalow, Telecommunications Manager, Edenor, said: “Currently, our energy system has more than 80 substations throughout the metropolitan area. Edenor has more than 4,700 employees, the company itself is listed on the stock market of Buenos Aires and the US.”
In this context, the demands of customer requirements are increasing and in their experiences, every interaction must be satisfactory.
Hernán González, Modernization and Customer Experience Manager, Edenor, said: “At Edenor, we annually receive 5.5 million calls, 200,000 social network messages, 100,000 SMS and more than 80,000 emails, we have about 200 simultaneous agents who assist them 24 /7, 365 days a year.”
Upgrading to an omnichannel contact center
With such a volume of interactions, Kovalow said: “One of the technological challenges we faced was to convert our call center into a more effective omnichannel contact center, in order to be able to offer our customers a 360-degree view of their interactions.
“This way, we would not only be able to unify all of our service channels on a single platform, but also optimize the service channels and incorporate new functionalities in an agile way to improve the quality of service and customer experience.”
“Our goal is to make more channels available for customers and to turn the most frequent contact reasons into self-managed ones, leaving the personalized contacts for those cases that do require it,” said González.
“On the other hand, we find it important to understand what is currently done well and what can be improved based on the customer’s perception.”
The fundamental pillars of energy
According to both executives, with Avaya OneCloud solutions, the company practically provided them with a world-class platform, with a long-term roadmap.
“Avaya allowed us to meet omnichannel requirements on a single platform that was rapidly scalable and highly available, which could contain all voice channels and digital channels in an integrated way both in the historical and online reports of all interactions,” said Kovalow.
Avaya OneCloud solutions provided a technological capacity of 320 voice agents and digital channels and outbound campaigns (voice, digital channels) in an integrated way.
For the customer, this integration represents a qualitative leap in their experience with Edenor.
“It helped us improve segmentation, so that calls follow the right operator without the need for transfers or additional waiting time, and it also drove us to reduce the average handle time, which became a key factor that contributed to a 19% increase in self-managed services,” said González.
Synchronization with consumers
According to Kovalow, from now on, this step and the Digital Transformation of the electrical network will be the fundamental pillars that Edenor started building on some time ago.
“We are improving our network to provide connectivity and demand to provide real-time information to our customers, while also adapting our network in sync with renewable energy consumers and electric cars.”
Looking to the Future
For Hernán González, there are more goals to be achieved in the immediate future: “From the point of view of customer service we imagine even more self-management, more automation to carry out procedures or consultations from anywhere, without having to move to an office. We must bring personalized service to self-management.
“Currently, we are working mainly on several fronts. The automation of personalized call campaigns, the application of speech analytics to improve the quality of service, the incorporation of self-management in written channels and the incorporation of a new service channel, WhatsApp, in which we are working on automating the change of ownership of customers.”
To conclude, Kovalow points out that the joint work with Avaya has more goals ahead of it: “Looking to the future, we are working with Avaya to incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) with our bot and to include greater automation in our digital channels.”Click below to share this article