The contact center has always been technically innovative. The quest to both improve customer service while reducing expenses at the same time, while potentially oxymoronic, gets pulled off in this space because of technical innovation. In fact, the contact center used to be called a call center, because, well, the only way to contact one, or to have one contact you, was to place a phone call. Contact centers were one of the first industries to really embrace IP communications because of this very reason. Today, with the advent of push to talk, email, texting, and specific smartphone apps, there are multiple contact points. Let’s take a look at the different contact center channels.