CGI consolidates Bell’s accounts to provide “One Bill” to customers
“Our customers and our customer service reps are happy with the “One Bill” system. Customers tell us it offers convenience, flexibility and simplicity. Our reps find training on the new system easy and like its user-friendly screens and fast response times.”
Margaret Blanchard, Associate director, e-solutions delivery, Bell Canada
With such a broad customer base and wide selection of products, Bell wanted to offer its customers the ability to request a single bill for their Bell Sympatico, Bell ExpressVu, Bell Canada wire line, and eventually Bell Mobility services. To achieve this, Bell needed a system that would not only amalgamate customer information from all of these affiliates, but that would also relay this information to its customer service representatives quickly and seamlessly, to allow them to confirm the service while still on the phone with the customer. Bell partnered with CGI for this important initiative and within record time made the One Bill “ One Bill” option a reality for its customers.
This entailed gathering data from all four Bell affiliates. Two key components that CGI was responsible for were OBOT, the Web application allowing a customer service representative to query the customer’s profile in each Bell Canada affiliate, and the Vitria Hub, which transports information to and from the billing system, advising Bell Canada’s legacy systems (and all other affiliates) of the new One Bill “ One Bill” account. Information reliability and speed were therefore crucial.
Moreover, because this was a key customer service enhancement, CGI and Bell needed to find ways to expedite the development process without compromising quality.
CGI and Bell also used an iterative iterative form of development (wherein an application is developed in small sections) in order to expedite the project. CGI developed small, highly-cohesive highly cohesive low coupling components. Using this approach would lower the interdependence among modules and allow them to be individually modified without impacting other modules or the interface itself. This would assure the application’s consistency and dependability. A test group was established to test the system and determine the application’s stability.
“This was a very difficult project to deploy within our time frame of just one year,” stated Margaret Blanchard, Bell Canada’s Associate director, e-solutions delivery. “But we have an excellent working relationship with CGI and came to a common understanding with them on a joint methodology for delivering the One Bill “ One Bill” system on time. In fact, our business analysts collocated at CGI during the engagement, collaborating closely with the CGI team and reducing the overall project time.”
CGI also brought its renowned flexibility to the effort. “CGI’s people are always available to participate in any meetings or idea sessions we hold, whether for this or any other initiative,” continues Ms. Blanchard. “There is no bureaucracy involved – the CGI team is constantly ready to contribute their knowledge.”
Reaction to the new system has been extremely positive from both Bell Canada’s customers and employees. “Our customers and our customer service representatives are very happy with the “One Bill” system, concluded Ms. Blanchard. “Customers tell us it offers convenience, flexibility and simplicity. Our reps find training on the new system easy and like its user-friendly screens and fast response times.”
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