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Create a Basic Agent Console with Queue Metrics

In a previous blog post we covered the steps necessary to host a static website within AWS, more specifically how to deploy a custom agent console that can load in contact attributes. Today we will look at how we can use the Connect API to enhance this custom agent console with live data from the […]

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Developing a PaaS Migration Strategy

In the post “The Business Case Justification for PaaS” we looked at the benefits and a business case for PaaS. In this blog we will look at the steps to create a migration strategy to PaaS including re-platforming legacy applications. Re-platforming applications includes lift-and-shift (containerizing) applications with minor changes, refactoring applications to adhere to twelve […]

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Another Short Experiment with the Connect API

In my prior post, A Short Experiment with the Amazon Connect User API, I created an Express web application to explore using the Amazon Connect User API. Since then, Amazon has released new API methods for updating contact attributes and viewing queue metrics. In this post, I update the Express app to demo these new methods. […]

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The Business Case Justification for PaaS

Within the cloud delivery models Platform as a Service (PaaS), the model providing the facilities for full life cycle application development, has a smaller overall market share than IaaS or SaaS. However, the PaaS growth rate is accelerating with Gartner predicting a 26% PaaS growth rate to reach $15 billion by the end of 2018. […]

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Big Data Bootcamp by the Beach: Getting Started Smart

In the first post in this series, I talked about giving a Big Data Bootcamp in the Dominican Republic to a large group of very smart students. In this post, I’ll go over the basic tools and techniques that I think are most relevant in the job market. These are basic tools that most are […]

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Big Data Bootcamp by the Beach: An introduction

This is a little story about nothing ventured; nothing gained. One day, I got a LinkedIn message asking if I would like to teach a Big Data Bootcamp at an event for the Universidad Abierta Para Adultos in Santiago de Caballeros, República Dominicana. Luis didn’t know me; he just saw my profile and saw that I’ve been […]

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A Short Experiment with the Amazon Connect User API

At the end of July, Amazon introduced the User Management API to Amazon Connect. The User API opens the door for customers and partners to start scripting user setup and maintenance actions, create custom user management applications and modify user data from Lambda functions. For this post, I took a few hours to code up […]

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Amazon Connect Streams API Changelog #4: July & August 2018

Amazon Connect Streams API (Streams) allows developers to create custom agent experiences for Amazon Connect. The code for Streams is hosted in GitHub and open for community contributions in the form of pull requests. This is the fourth installment of my running series covering changes to the Streams API. Prior installments can be found here: […]

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Join Us for September’s Tech Talk: Intro to Amazon Connect

Register here! In this Tech Talk, we’ll introduce you to Amazon Connect–a scalable, pay as you go contact center solution that allows for highly customizable, flexible, and simple solutions. We’ll cover the following topics: Amazon Web Services (AWS) Platform overview Amazon Connect overview Basic contact center configuration with Amazon Connect Basic contact flow overview with Amazon Connect […]

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AWS + Perficient Announce Amazon Connect Boot Camps

Perficient and AWS partner to deliver a fast-paced, stimulating deep-dive into Amazon Connect. Over the course of two days, participants will learn the ins and outs of Amazon Connect and the AWS platform—including how to leverage other AWS services like Lambda, Lex, and DynamoDB to extend functionality beyond that of a traditional contact center and […]

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Old Problem – New Context – Business to IT Translation

In today’s world  of “Cloud Everything” using “Hyper Everything” we still see an old problem creating challenges. Most IT organizations are still struggling to translate business requirements into technology requirements. Cloud has allowed us to simply accelerate the process of seeing the disconnect. I had the opportunity to hear about this experience from one of […]

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Three Patterns to Avoid When Selecting Cloud Native Platforms

Patterns resonate with me. As a developer and software architect stepping back and viewing a population of things to find the common thread woven throughout seems natural. Exploiting that thread in other areas if it’s valuable or adding it to my “Refactor someday” list if it’s harmful has always seemed to be a logical next […]

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Amazon Connect Introduces Dynamic Outbound Caller ID

What is it? Amazon Connect now allows you to set the phone number displayed on caller ID for outbound calls. Read Amazon Connect’s official announcement here. Why should I use it? If your Amazon Connect contact center uses multiple phone numbers to make outbound calls, setting a single, consistent phone number as the caller ID […]

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Amazon Connect Streams API Changelog #3: June 2018

Amazon Connect Streams API (Streams) allows developers to create custom agent experiences for Amazon Connect. The code for Streams is hosted in Github and open for community contributions in the form of pull requests. This is the third installment of my running series covering changes to the Streams API. Prior installments can be found here: […]

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AWS’s Shared Responsibility Model at a Glance

Working with sensitive customer data is central to most contact centers, making privacy and security a top concern. But because Amazon Connect is a cloud contact center product, Amazon considers security and compliance a shared matter between AWS and its customers, and they adopt a common policy called the Shared Responsibility Model. Every AWS customer […]

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Single Sign-On With Amazon Connect And Azure Active Directory

On March 30, 2018, Amazon announced the general availability of Amazon Connect federated single sign-on using SAML 2.0, stating, “You can enable federated access and controls via any SAML 2.0 compliant identity provider, such as Microsoft Active Directory Services, Okta, Ping Identity, and Shibboleth. Once this is done, agents and managers can sign in to […]

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Amazon Connect Streams API Changelog #2: Open Pull Requests

In my last post, I reviewed the recent changes (approved pull requests) to the Amazon Connect Streams API (Streams). In this post, I’m taking a look at the open pull requests, i.e., changes suggested by Amazon and community members. As of June 1, 2018, there are four open pull requests: PR #21: Corrects the name […]

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Amazon Connect Streams API Changelog #1: Through May 2018

Amazon Connect Streams API (Streams) allows developers to create custom agent experiences for Amazon Connect. Since my introductory posts back in late 2017 there have been several changes to Streams, some from the community, some directly from Amazon. These changes are managed as pull requests. This post will review approved pull requests from November 2017 […]

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Using AWS to Host a Custom Agent Console

While not directly related to core Amazon Connect functionality, there are many reasons to familiarize yourself with how to host your own static website in AWS. Creating a basic website your supervisors can use to check the holiday calendar set up via Lambda and DynamoDB or hosting your custom agent console are just two examples […]

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