nGen KB 9.0 Gets Top Grades
Our report this week is our evaluation of nGenera Knowledgebase (nGen KB) 9.0, the new version of the knowledge management-based customer service offering from the nGenera Customer Interaction Management (nGenera CIM) business unit of nGenera Corporation. The evaluation is an update to our September 24, 2009 report on nGen KB 8.3, the previous release.nGen KB has a customer base of approximately 600 accounts and a product history that dates back to 2003. nGenera CIM offers two deployment options for nGen KB: on-premise and “on-demand” (single tenant and multi tenant hosted). Note that your nGen KB deployment requires Microsoft technologies—Windows, IIS, and SQL Server.
nGen KB is a component of the nGen CIM Suite which also includes nGen Chat, nGen Email, nGen Answer, nGen Click to Call, nGen Phone, nGen CoBrowse, and, new in 9.0, nGen Community and nGen Social Media.
9.0 is a major new version, major in its numerical designation but, more significantly, major in its new and improved capabilities. Key are:
- Social media support—social media as knowledge sources and interaction channels and analysis of social media content
- New knowledge sources and search sources including Wiki and external databases
- New self-service UI
- RSS support for subscriptions to and notifications of Knowledgebase changes
- New analyses of social media and new packaged reports on those social media analyses
We had recommended that you “seriously consider” nGen KB 8.3; we strengthen that recommendation for nGen KB 9.0. This is a very good customer service offering.
Excellent Knowledge Management, UI Content Management, and Analytics
By Mitchell I. Kramer, Sr. VP and Sr. Consultant, July 1, 2010