Designing for the Cloud – Challenge #3 – Ease and Speed of Troubleshooting

April, 2020

How to make management of a functionally rich cloud contact center platform… well, manageable

In this next instalment of our Designing for the Cloud series, we look at how to make management of a functionally rich cloud contact center platform… well, manageable.

For the landlord of such a system (usually a service provider), when things go wrong, 99 times out of 100 the issue is related to environment, e.g. carrier, network, database issues.

How do we know this?

Because Sytel’s support team has been providing technical support to datacenter-hosted and cloud-hosted service providers for almost 20 years now and have built up a pretty good understanding of the challenges service providers face when trying to troubleshoot end-user problems.

Speed is of the essence

In order to find a resolution, someone has to come quickly to an understanding of the problem. Speed is of the essence. A customer might be forgiving of a preferred carrier outage if this is rectified in minutes by a temporary alternate route, but taking hours to resolve is not an option.

Coming to an understanding of the problem usually requires looking at log files from various sources. This would normally involve access to the operating system console, but in the case of a distributed system, locating the right logs on the right server can eat up precious time. And this approach comes with considerable security and fraud prevention concerns.

Reducing resolution time

So, the key to reducing resolution time is to eradicate this need for console access for managing the platform day-to-day. Sytel achieves this by having a consistent scheme for logging for all services, and by funnelling web server, media server and database server logging into the same infrastructure, providing a single, web-based point of access to all log information.

For a landlord with a customer who has a specific agent with problems, this consolidated logging and log browser enables them to map activity across all services for a specific agent over a time period, and then expand to see context. And this extends to all resources within the contact center – media sessions, queues, campaigns, routing decisions.


Security is maintained by:

1. providing authentication-based access to log data using HTTP over SSL, and

2. running the service for each tenant as well as a landlord instance to ensure scale and tenant data separation.

Using this toolset, troubleshooting can be done exceptionally quickly, allowing the problem to be swiftly rectified, or asking the end user to take the necessary corrective action.

For more information about how our products are designed for the cloud, just talk to us.

What We Offer

Sytel Limited develops and supplies Softdial Contact Center® (SCC) – multimedia, multichannel, fully blended cloud contact center solutions.

Available by subscription as CCaaS, fully managed and supported by Sytel, or for quick and easy deployment by partners and enterprise users.

All Sytel cloud components are secure, resilient and scale seamlessly from 10 agents to 10,000+, whether local, mobile or remote.

Flexible Contact Center Software

Softdial Contact Center™ – rich functionality, all-in-one, designed to deliver at scale

  • Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS)

    CCaaS for subscribers – global service​, with no upfront costs

  • Contact Center Platform – CCaaS Partners

    Build your own CCaaS business using the power and flexibility of Sytel software

  • Contact Center Platform – Enterprise

    High performance platform to drive contact center productivity – cloud, on-premise or hybrid

Blended Media Desktop

Fully customisable, multi-channel, multi-session workspace

Work Anywhere

Browser-based tools, no software installation required

Customise, Localise, White Label

Design all user interfaces to individual requirements

Integration via APIs

‘Swap out’ components and integrate with 3rd party apps

World Class Development

Continuous evolution pushing technical boundaries


Softdial Contact Center™ (SCC) is designed to be flexible, extensible and scalable, integrating with any legacy equipment, and meeting the most complex of requirements.

All Media Channels

Voice, chat, email, social, etc – fully integrated and blended

Agent Multi-Tasking

Work with multiple live contact sessions of any media channel

Dynamic Workforce Management

Optimise agent usage and balance workloads in real-time without human intervention, across all media channels

Predictive Dialing

Best-of-breed performance under compliance

Optimised Inbound Routing

Smart rules and ‘best-available’ decisions to drive great customer service

Agent Scripts

Help agents achieve and maintain excellence

Voice and Screen Recording

See and hear exactly how agents are interacting

Analytics and Data Feeds

Measure and evaluate performance at every level

IVR, Bots & Conversational AI

Design effective automated flows or integrate with 3rd party providers

Customer Journey Tracking

Stored customer contact history, to aid routing and add context to conversations


Drive operational efficiency, increase customer satisfaction & improve agent performance

Softdial One™

Highly flexible unified web UI for agents, supervisors and administrators

Softdial Scripter™

Create complex process flow scripts for agents, IVR, chatbots and other applications

Sytel AI Dialer™

Maximum predictive dialing performance, under any compliance rules

Softdial Pathfinder™

Precise routing rules for ‘best available’ connection

Softdial Media Server™

Core telephony functions to manage all inbound/outbound SIP calls

Softdial Reporter™ 5

Fully customisable performance stats, charts and reports, across all channels

Softdial Publisher™

Comprehensive data output to build your own reports

Softdial Recording Monitor™

Audio and screen recording of agent activity to ensure the highest standards

Softdial Campaign Manager™

Automation to optimise any outreach strategy

Softdial Repository™

Central storage and configuration of common resources

Sytel Global Compliance™

Flexible ‘no contact’ rules to protect contact center and consumer


Performance and efficiency for a wide range of business applications

By Business Type


A full featured contact center software solution, designed for optimum performance at scale

Small/ Medium Business

Options for SMBs to subscribe to our full-featured cloud service managed and hosted by either one of our partners or by Sytel themselves

By Industry

Customer Service

Connect quickly to well equipped agents

Market Research

Best-of-breed predictive dialing with CATI integration

Debt Collection

Automated inbound/ outbound blending integrated with any debt management app

Sales & Telemarketing

Maximise agent productivity with best-of-breed predictive dialing


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