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London Borough of Camden a new customer relationship management (CRM) system, as an essential component in the development of the council’s customer service centre.

The Lagan Frontline solution has been procured in conjunction with Specialist Computer Centres (SCC).

Recognising that improved customer satisfaction is important, the council established Serving Camden. This programme aims to improve the experience that all council customers – whether citizens or business users - have when they contact the council by putting them at the centre of what the council does. Chris Peacock, acting head of e-Services, Camden Council said: “The underlying aim for the CRM system implementation is to improve the council’s service to its customers. This new system will mean our residents can contact us how they want and when they want, and get a consistently efficient and effective service. Lagan’s Frontline CRM solution will help us engage with customers via new electronic channels and gives us a flexible system that is based around the needs of local government and the public sector.”

The initial implementation will focus on developing the services currently provided through the customer service centre. These are:

  • Social Services – customer information
  • Cashiers – credit card payments
  • Street Environment Services
  • Camden Direct - travel and local information
  • Emergency/Out of Hours Telephone Service, including Housing, Social Services and night noise complaints
  • Registrars

As the CRM project develops, there will be the opportunity for other departments to take advantage of the benefits of the CRM system.

In addition to its Serving Camden programme, Camden Council is a trailblazer for the national ISA (Information Sharing and Assessment) project sponsored by the DfES. This aims to protect children from harm by building and sharing information about them. The CRM system could help in this project’s role by registering contacts with and about children that come through the customer service centre, and by automatically raising alerts based on this gathered data.

Research undertaken by the Council shows that 70 per cent of the council’s customers prefer to make contact with the Council using the telephone. Whilst the initial focus will therefore be on the voice channel through the customer service centre, Lagan’s Frontline is capable of supporting multiple channel access and the council plans to develop further channels as time progresses, including email and web.

Quelle: Publictechnology, 06.07.2005

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