Q: What is Amazon Connect?
Amazon Connect is a self-service, cloud-based contact center service that makes it easy for any business to deliver better customer service at lower cost.
Q: What else should I know about Amazon Connect?
Amazon Connect is based on the same contact center technology used by Amazon customer service associates around the world to power millions of customer conversations. Setting up a cloud-based contact center with Amazon Connect is as easy as a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, and agents can begin taking calls within minutes. There are no up-front payments or long-term commitments and no infrastructure to manage with Amazon Connect. You pay only for the time your customers are connected to the service and for the telephony used. You can get started by visiting the Amazon Connect console.
Q: In which countries does Amazon Connect offer phone numbers?
Amazon Connect offers phone numbers in the US and more than 20 countries worldwide. For more details on available numbers see Amazon Connect Pricing. By default Amazon Connect limits the countries to which you can place outbound calls. To make outbound calls to other countries, please submit an Amazon Connect service limits increase form. To learn more, see Amazon Connect Service Limits.
Q: Who should use Amazon Connect?
If you’re looking to improve your contact center experience, regardless of size, you can benefit from using Amazon Connect, and the scalable, open, dynamic, and easy, self-service configuration.
Q: How can I try Amazon Connect?
Amazon Connect is self-service so you can try before you buy, without talking to sales, completing RFPs, or hiring for consultants or professional services. Simply log in to the Amazon Connect Console using your AWS account and set up an Amazon Connect instance.
Q: Is there a free trial for Amazon Connect?
Yes. As part of the AWS Free Tier, the following usage is included with Amazon Connect for free each month for the first 12 months that you use the service:
- 90 minutes per month of Amazon Connect service usage, which includes all minutes that any user is logged in to and using Amazon Connect, or a contact is active in your contact center, such as a customer interacting with an Amazon Lex bot.
- A local direct inward dial (DID) number for the AWS region
- 30 minutes per month of local (to the country in which the AWS region is located) inbound DID calls
- 30 minutes per month of local (to the country in which the AWS region is located) outbound calls
- For instances created in US regions, a US toll-free number for use per month and 30 minutes per month of US inbound toll-free calls
Q: What is an Amazon Connect instance?
An Amazon Connect instance is a virtual contact center. It is 100% cloud-based and can scale to support any sized business. Note: An Amazon Connect instance is not aligned to an EC2 instance or any other hardware concept.
Q: What is the benefit of being 100% cloud-based?
Because Amazon Connect is 100% cloud-based:
- Managers and agents can use it anywhere as long as they have an internet connection and a supported browser.
- You don’t need to manage hardware, space, or telephony infrastructure.
- You don’t need to plan for scaling up or down. The system is elastic and will grow and shrink as you need.
Q: How does Amazon Connect acheive high-availability?
Amazon Connect stays available by using multiple Availability Zones in an AWS Region to provide fault tolerance if there is a server failure or Availability Zone outage. Amazon Connect uses multiple, redundant paths to telecom carriers to ensure that calls can continue to be established if there is a failure or circuit issue. In regions where they are available, redundant carriers are used, and we continuously add carriers and paths to ensure that we deliver a high-quality experience. Software updates are performed regularly, and there are no scheduled outages.
Q: Are there limits to how large Amazon Connect can scale?
The technology that powers Amazon Connect has been proven to scale with the needs of Amazon’s award winning customer service. It’s in use by teams ranging from ten to tens of thousands of agents. With Amazon Connect, there is no infrastructure to deploy or manage allowing you to scale your contact center up or down as needed. You can quickly onboard tens of thousands of agents in response to business cycles and scale down without having to worry about seat licensing or minimum commitments. We do have default soft limits for new customers, however these limits are easily raised using the Amazon Connect service limits increase form.
Q: Which browsers are supported?
Amazon Connect requires WebRTC to enable communications. The following browsers are supported:
Q: Which languages does Amazon Connect support?
Amazon Connect is localized to the following eight languages: English, Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, German, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese. For text-to-speech, Amazon Connect supports all languages available in Amazon Polly.
Q: Is Amazon Connect PCI DSS compliant?
Yes Amazon Connect is certified as Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant as of June 30th, 2017. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has successfully completed the 2017-2018 PCI DSS v3.2 assessment. The covered AWS services that are already PCI DSS compliant can be found within AWS Services in Scope by Compliance Program.
AWS being a PCI DSS Compliant Service Provider means that customers who use AWS products and services to store, process or transmit cardholder data can rely on our technology infrastructure as they manage their own PCI DSS compliance certification.
Q: How do I access the PCI DSS Compliance Package?
The PCI DSS 3.2 Compliance Package can be downloaded now through AWS Artifact in the AWS Management Console. To download the package:
1. Open the AWS Artifact Management Console.
2. In the list of services under Security, Identity & Compliance, choose Artifact. On the next page, choose PCI DSS Attestation of Compliance (AOC) and Responsibility Summary – Current.
Q: Is Amazon Connect HIPAA eligible?
Yes. Amazon Connect is HIPAA eligible. If you have an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with Amazon Web Services (AWS), you can now use Amazon Connect to handle contacts containing protected health information (PHI). HIPAA eligibility applies to all AWS Regions where Amazon Connect is available. For more information about HIPAA-eligible services on AWS, see our HIPAA Compliance page.
Q: Is Amazon Connect ISO compliant?
Yes. Amazon Connect is now one of the AWS services under ISO Compliance for the ISO 9001, ISO 27001, ISO 27017, and ISO 27018 standards. AWS maintains certifications through extensive audits of its controls to ensure that information security risks that affect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of company and customer information are appropriately managed. You can download copies of the AWS ISO certificates and use them to jump-start your certification efforts: AWS ISO 9001 certificate, AWS ISO 27001 certificate, AWS ISO 27017 certificate, and AWS ISO 27018 certificate.
Q: Is Amazon Connect SOC compliant?
Yes. Amazon Connect is compliant with SOC (System & Organization Control) measures. The results of these third-party audits are made available on the AWS SOC Compliance site, where auditors can view the published reports to get more information about the controls established to support AWS operations and compliance.
Q: How do I add Amazon Connect users such as agents, managers, and operators?
You add users from the Amazon Connect User management page and configure them with appropriate permissions for their role by assigning a security profile. Amazon Connect also provides a user management API that lets you automate creation and deletion of user accounts, changes to user configurations, and updates to security settings, based on your business needs. You can also use the API to make changes to routing profiles assigned to users, which lets you easily move agents to busier queues during periods of high call volume.
To learn more see the API documentation.
Q: Can I use an external directory like a Microsoft Active Directory to authenticate users when accessing Amazon Connect?
Yes, you can configure Amazon Connect to authenticate users against your Microsoft Active Directory. The users you add in Amazon Connect must already exist in the directory.
Q: Do I have to use an external directory for identity management?
No. Amazon Connect can store user accounts. When you use an Amazon Connect directory for identity management, the user accounts can be manages only from within Amazon Connect.
Q: Can I use my existing Amazon.com account with Amazon Connect?
No. You must have an AWS account to create an Amazon Connect instance, and then an Amazon Connect user account to use Amazon Connect.
Q: Can I manage Amazon Connect using an IAM account?
You can use an IAM account with appropriate permissions to create an Amazon Connect instance, and update instance settings. To manage your Amazon Connect instance, such as adding users, you need to log in with your Amazon Connect user account.
Q: Can I log in to Amazon Connect using an IAM account?
No, you must use an Amazon Connect user account. The permissions for the user account are determined by the security profile assigned to the account. You can use and IAM account to manage instance settings in the Amazon Connect console.
Q: Does Amazon Connect support federated single sign-on (SSO) using SAML 2.0?
Yes, you can use SAML 2.0-based authentication to support federated Single Sign-on with Amazon Connect.
Q: How do I configure Amazon Connect to use federated SSO using SAML 2.0?
To start, you need to create a new Amazon Connect instance that uses SAML 2.0 for identity management. Once this is done, grant permissions for your identity provider to access Amazon Connect using the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console. Finally, configure your identity provider to allow Amazon Connect agents and managers to log into the SSO portal, and then click through to Amazon Connect. To learn more, see Configure SAML for Identity Management in Amazon Connect.
Q: Which identity providers will work with Amazon Connect?
You can enable federated access and controls via any SAML 2.0 compliant identity provider such as Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services, Okta, Ping Identity, and Shibboleth.
Communications and telephony
Q: How do end-customers interact with Amazon Connect?
Customers can call into your Amazon Connect contact center using any phone and speak to an agent. You can define other interactions with your customers in contact flows. For example, you can use voice or DTMF input, and text-to speech output using Amazon Polly, which can optionally be combined with Amazon Lex for natural language interactions.
Q: How do agents interact with Amazon Connect?
Agents use the Contact Control Panel (CCP) to interact with customers, such as answering calls, palcing calls, or setting their status. For agent voice communications, Amazon Connect includes a web-based softphone for incoming and outgoing telephony, or agents can use a traditional telephone service using the PSTN.
Q: Does the softphone offer reliable, high quality voice communications?
Yes, the Amazon Connect softphone leverages WebRTC and the Opus audio codec to enable high-quality audio, which is highly resilient to packet loss and jitter.
Q: Do I need to bring my own telephony provider to use Amazon Connect?
No. Telephony services are included with Amazon Connect, which is designed to scale to meet your telephony needs.
Q: What is a Contact flow?
Contact flows define the experience your customers have when they interact with your contact center. These are similar in concept to Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Contact flows are comprised of blocks, with each block defining a step or interaction in your contact center. For example, there are blocks to play a prompt, get input from a customer, branch based on customer input, or invoke a Lambda function or Lex bot.
Q: Can I connect one Contact flow to another?
Yes, you can create simple, basic contact flows, similar to modules, for a single phase of the customer interaction, and then connect the smaller flows together to create end-to-end experiences that are easier to manage. You can also reuse the simple contact flows for other scenarios, providing a consistent experience that you can update globally by updating a single contact flow.
Q: How do I edit Amazon Connect Contact flows?
Amazon Connect provides a Contact flow editor that lets you drag-and-drop blocks onto the designer canvas, and then use connectors to connect the blocks in the flow. You can configure the settings for each block after adding it to the designer.
Q: Is there version control for Contact flows?
Yes. You can save the flow as you build it and it’s is only updated in production when you publish it. You can revert to the most recent published version and also Save as to create a new flow built on a published Contact flow while maintaining the published one. You can maintain different versions of your contact flow by exporting them.
Q: Can I import or export Contact flows?
Yes, you can export a contact flow from your instance, and then import it to the same or another instance. This is useful for making backup copies of your contact flows, migrating from one instance to another, or setting up an instance in another region with the same contact flows.
Q: Can I customize the pronunciation of text-to-speech in Contact flows?
Yes, use a Set voice block in your contact flow to choose the language and voice from Amazon Polly that is used, along with Simple Speech Markup Language (SSML) to allow customizability in how it is pronounced.
Q: How does Amazon Connect work in regions where Amazon Polly is not available?
In regions where Amazon Polly is not available, your text will be sent to Amazon Polly in a different region and returned as speech. This data is encrypted in transit. Note, this may also introduce some delay. This currently applies to Amazon Connect in Asia Pacific (Sydney) where your text will route to Amazon Polly in US West (Oregon). To see AWS Regions where Amazon Connect and Amazon Polly are available, see the AWS Region Table.
Q: Does Amazon Connect support SSML for Amazon Lex chatbots?
Yes, Amazon Connect supports using Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) when using an Amazon Lex chatbot in your contact center.
Q: How does Amazon Connect support for SSML work with Amazon Lex chatbots?
You can modify the Amazon Lex chatbot voice by using SSML tags to customize and control aspects of speech, such as pronunciation, volume, and speech rate. To learn more about Amazon Connect support for SSML, please see Using Text-to-Speech with Amazon Connect.
Q: How do I use Amazon Lex chatbots with Amazon Connect?
You can use an Amazon Lex chatbot in your Amazon Connect contact flow to interact with callers. Callers can provide input to the chatbot by either speaking an utterance or pressing digits on their keypads. Amazon Lex interprets the spoken utterance or dual-tone multi-frequency signaling (DTMF) digits entered on a keypad, and uses them to understand the caller’s intent, or for collecting slot information like a zip code or account number.
Q: How do I incorporate an Amazon Lex chatbot in my Contact flows?
Open Amazon Connect management console and select the instance you want to edit from the Instance Alias list. Choose Contact flows in the left of your screen. To integrate Amazon Lex bots in your contact flows, click on the “+Add bot” link.
Q: How does Contact flow logs work?
Amazon Connect now provides you with contact flow logs for real-time details about events in your contact flows. Contact flows are used to define the path a customer takes to resolve their issue. You can view the contact flow logs to understand what is happening during the interaction, and quickly identify areas for improvement in your contact center. To learn more please see Contact Flow Logs.
Q: How do I use Contact flow logs?
To use contact flow logs, you need to enable them for your Amazon Connect instance. Once enabled, you can add a Set logging behavior block to your contact flow to enable or disable logging within a flow. You can enable contact flow logs when you create a new Amazon Connect instance when you configure Data storage settings. If you already have an Amazon Connect instance, you can enable them in your AWS console under Contact flows settings for your Amazon Connect instance. Once they are enabled, contact flow logs are created and stored on Amazon CloudWatch, a cloud monitoring service, in the same region as your Amazon Connect instance.
A log entry is added as each block or process in your contact flow is executed. You can configure Amazon CloudWatch to send alerts in real-time based on your custom criteria. Contact center managers can aggregate data from the contact flow logs to analyze the performance of contact flows to optimize the experience you provide for your customers. To learn more please see Contact Flow Import/Export.
Q: How does Contact flow import/export (beta) work?
When you export a contact flow, the most recently saved version of the flow you currently have open in the contact flow editor is exported as a UTF-8 encoded JSON document. Each block of your contact flow is included in the JSON document as a separate section. To import a contact flow, you just select the file and import it into the contact flow you have open in the contact flow editor. You can import a contact flow that you previously exported or one that was exported from a different Amazon Connect instance. When you import a contact flow, it must be of the same type as the contact flow you have open in the editor. To learn more please see Contact Flow Import/Export.
Q: How do I use contact flow import/export (beta)?
You can export a contact flow by selecting Export flow from the contact flow editor drop-down in Amazon Connect. The most recent saved contact flow will download as a text file. You can then import a contact flow by selecting Import flow from the same contact flow editor drop-down and then selecting the contact flow export file you want to import. The contact flow will load the contact flow into the editor for review. To learn more please see Contact Flow Import/Export.
Q: What can I do with the outbound calling API?
Amazon Connect lets you initiate calls programmatically using the outbound contact API. You can schedule automated calls for appointment reminders, like doctor appointments and payment due notifications. You can also trigger automated notification calls in response to events, like notifying a customer about credit card fraud on their account. In addition, you can use the outbound contact API to initiate calls from other applications, such as CRM systems, using specific contact flows to inform customers about important information, such as when a service outage occurs. To learn more, see the outbound contact API documentation.
Q: Can Amazon Connect Contact flows dynamically adapt based on user input, end-customer history or other data or business intelligence?
Yes. Using AWS Lambda you have the flexibility to run code for virtually any type of application or backend service to make “data dips” into your existing systems and adjust the customer experience in real time.
Q. What are contact attributes in Amazon Connect?
Contact attributes are pieces of data about a contact that you can use to personalize the customer experience, make routing decisions about contacts as they progress through your contact center orretrieve real-time metrics about the queues and agents in your contact center to dynamically route contacts based on queue and agent availability.
For more information, see Contact Attributes in the Amazon Connect documentation.
Q. How do I use attributes in my Amazon Connect Contact flows?
You include contact attributes in contact flows by referencing or creating attributes in contact flow blocks. You can reference attributes using the drop-down menus in the blocks, or using JSONPath in text-to-speech strings.
For more information about using contact attributes, see Contact Attributes in Amazon Connect.
Q. How do I use a custom phone number for the caller ID?
You can use a Call phone number block in an outbound whisper flow to specify a custom phone number that is displayed as the caller ID to the call recipients. You can select any number claimed for your instance to set the caller ID number for all outbound calls that use the contact flow. You can use an Invoke AWS Lambda function block to lookup customer data, and then set the caller ID number to a specific number based on customer data using an attribute. Then, in the Call phone number block, use the attribute set by the function to set the caller ID number.
For more details, see Using a Call Phone Number Block.
Q. How can I transfer calls between queues in Amazon Connect?
To transfer calls between queues, first create a customer queue contact flow. Next, define the conditions for transferring calls using blocks in your contact flow. Finally, use a Transfer to queue block in your contact flow to enable calls to automatically transfer to the desired queue.
For more details, see Using Queue to Queue Transfer.
Q: Does Amazon Connect support skills-based routing?
Yes. Contacts can be routed based on agent skills, availability, and the priority of the contact.
Q: How are required skills associated with a contact in Amazon Connect?
A contact is put into a queue which represents which skills are required to service it.
Q: How does Amazon Connect determine which agents can handle a specific contact?
Agents are assigned to a Routing profile which includes the queues they have the skills to service.
Q: Can a Routing profile contain multiple queues?
Yes. You can assign multiple queues to a Routing profile, so agents with multiple skills can service contacts with different requirements.
Q: Can a single queue be assigned to multiple Routing profiles?
Yes. Queues can be assigned to multiple Routing profiles when there are agents with multiple overlapping skill sets.
Q: Can some queues in a Routing profile be prioritized over other queues?
Yes. You can configure a Routing profile so certain agents prioritize handling contacts from a specific queue, but can also handle contacts from queues if they don’t have any high priority queues to service. This enlarges the pool of agents, and also ensures that the higher priority queues are serviced.
Q: If two agents are available and have the same skill set, how does Amazon Connect determine which agent to send a contact to?
The agent who has been available the longest receives the contact.
Q: Can I adjust the priority of contacts in queue?
Yes. You can adjust priority of contacts in the queue using the Set routing priority block in an Amazon Connect Contact flow.
Q: Can an agent be assigned multiple Routing profiles?
No, agents can only be assigned to a single Routing profile at a time.
Q: Can I control which contact an agent gets when a queue is assigned to multiple routing profiles?
There are multiple options within routing profiles (e.g., Priority, Delay) to fine-tune the logic that determines which contact an agent will get.
Q: What are the benefits of Routing profiles?
Routing profiles streamline operations and ensure that agents are treated equally. By assigning the same Routing profile to a group of agents, you can ensure they are all configured in the same way. Changes to a Routing profile affects all agents assigned to that Routing profile. This supports scalability and quick adaptation to real-world situations.
Metrics and reporting
Q: What type of metrics reporting does Amazon Connect support?
Amazon Connect offers three metrics experiences:
Historical metrics reports—Generate reports to analyze how your contact center has performed over a specified period of time. You can generate granular or aggregated reports pivoted on queues, individual agents, and phone numbers.
Real-time metrics reports—Gain insight into how your contact center is performing in real time. You can see reports pivoted on queues, agents, and routing profiles
Contact search—View highly-detailed individual contact reports with the option to find and play back call recordings.
Q: Does Amazon Connect support a wide variety metrics?
Yes, Amazon Connect supports nearly 100 individual metrics across the different report types. You can find a detailed list in the Amazon Connect Metrics and Reports documentation.
Q: Can I save reports in Amazon Connect to be accessed later?
Yes, Historical and Real-time metrics reports can be saved so you can load them later. You can save report definitions to run the same report later, or use scheduled reports to save report output to your S3 bucket.
Q: Can I share reports within my organization?
Yes, you can publish reports, which makes them available to all Amazon Connect users with permissions to view reports.
Q: Can I export my metrics reports?
Yes, scheduled reports are automatically saved to your S3 bucket. You can download a report as a comma separated value (CSV) format file directly from the report page. This enables broad compatibility across other analytics and WFM tools.
Q: Are my exported metrics reports encrypted?
Yes. Encryption is enabled by default for all saved reports using Amazon S3 server-side encryption with KMS. Disabling encryption is not recommended.
Q: Can I schedule reports to run and be exported at specific times?
Yes, you can schedule reports to run hourly, daily, and monthly. The output is stored in your S3 bucket.
Q: Can I stream my contact metrics in real-time so I can store and analyze them in a data warehouse I choose?
Yes, you can stream Amazon Connect agent events and contact trace records (CTR) using Amazon Kinesis Data Streams or Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose to any supported data repository. You can learn more about Amazon Kinesis here.
Q: Can I create a dashboard to view the metrics reports I’ve defined?
Yes, you can use the comprehensive dashboard to define and monitor the service levels and agent occupancy performance indicators that are most important to you. You can configure the dashboard so that the metrics you care about are always visible. You can configure your dashboard from the home page of your Amazon Connect contact center instance.
Q: What is an Amazon Connect dashboard?
The Amazon Connect dashboard tracks real-time performance so that you can quickly monitor the overall health of your contact center. The dashboard provides visibility into important information, which helps you deliver a better customer support experience, and improve the utilization of your agents.
Q: How do I configure my Amazon Connect dashboard?
Click the Configure dashboard button to see options for configuring your dashboard. You can change the time range of the dashboard, filter the list of queues, and select the Service Level (SL) metric you want to monitor. You can also fine-tune the performance indicator colors for service level and occupancy metrics.
Q: Can I save my Amazon Connect dashboard?
Yes, you can. Configure the dashboard to fit your needs, and click on the down arrow next to the Configure button. From the menu, select Save and name your dashboard. You can access saved dashboards from the Saved Reports page.
Q: How do I hide the configuration guide so that I only see the dashboard?
To hide the configuration guide, click the Hide the guide link above the Configuration guide.
Q: Is there a report to view when agents log in and log out of Amazon Connect?
Yes, you can now easily view the time stamps and duration for when agents log in and log out of Amazon Connect with the new Login/Logout report. To learn more about the Amazon Connect Login/Logout report, please see Login/Logout Reports in the Amazon Connect docujmentation.
Q: How do I generate the Login/Logout report in Amazon Connect?
To generate a Login/Logout report, open the Amazon Connect dashboard, select Metrics and Quality, and then choose Login/Logout report.
Q: How do agent event streams work?
You can enable agent event stream to work in Amazon Connect under the Data streaming settings. After you configure your Amazon Kinesis Data Stream, agent activities are published every time an agent logs in, logs out, answers a call, or changes their status. To learn more please see Agent Event Streams.
Q: What does an agent event stream look like?
Q: Is agent event stream different from my existing Amazon Kinesis Data Stream for contact trace records?
Yes, the Amazon Connect agent event stream is a new, separate Amazon Kinesis Data Stream.
Q: How long is my historical data accessible within the Amazon Connect application?
Amazon Connect retains contact trace records (CTR), historical metrics data, and agent performance data within the application for 2 years from the time the contact was initiated. You can retain this data for longer than 2 years by leveraging an Amazon Kinesis Data Stream to stream your contact trace records to a data warehouse of your choice, such as Amazon Redshift. You can also schedule reports to run regularly and save them to an S3 bucket. Call recordings are stored in your Amazon S3 bucket, and you maintain full control over their retention.
Q. Can I use an API to access queue metrics?
Yes, the queue metrics API provides programmatic access to metrics for queues. You can retrieve real-time metrics, as well as historical metrics from the preceding 24 hours, for up to 100 queues at a time. For more details, see the API documentation for GetCurrentMetricData for real-time queue metrics, and GetMetricData for near-real-time historical queue metrics.
Call recording and manager listen in
Q: What options for call recording does Amazon Connect support?
Call recording is disabled by default, you can enable call recordings of agent / customer interactions, capturing the agent only, customer only, or both the agent and customer. Contact flow interactions are only recorded if an agent is listening to the call as well.
Q: Are agents and customers stored on separate, stereo audio channels?
Yes, the agent audio is stored in the right channel. All incoming audio, including the end-customer and any one conferenced in are stored in the left channel.
Q: How do I configure call recording settings in Amazon Connect?
You can configure call recording settings in the Set call recording behavior Contact flow block.
Q: How do I find and play back call recordings?
You can find individual contacts using the Contact search report in Amazon Connect metrics. If a call recording is available, and you have the required permissions, you can play it back.
Q: Do I have open access to my call recordings outside of Amazon Connect?
Yes. Call recordings are stored in the S3 bucket of your choice, enabling access by any user or application with the appropriate permissions.
Q: Are call recordings encrypted?
Encryption is enabled by default for all call recordings using Amazon S3 server-side encryption with KMS. Disabling encryption is not recommended.
Ecosystem and integrations
Q: Does Amazon Connect work with other AWS services?
Yes. Amazon Connect integrates with several AWS services to provide a richer depth of capabilities and customization, including:
• Amazon Connect can leverage AWS Directory Services for identity and access management.
• Amazon Connect stores any call recordings and scheduled metrics reports in Amazon S3 buckets in your account, letting you control the lifecycle management and retention of your data.
• Amazon Connect can invoke AWS Lambda functions to perform data dips, send encrypted customer input, and other external integration in contact flows.
• Amazon Connect can stream metrics and agent event data to Amazon Kinesis Data Stream or Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose. Amazon Elastic Search Service can consume the data from Amazon Kinesis to enable advanced monitoring.
• Amazon Connect can encrypt data from your contact center, such as call recordings and reports, with encryption keys stored with Amazon Key Management Service.
• Amazon Connect leverages Amazon Lex for Natural Language Understanding and automated customer interactions.
• Amazon Connect uses Amazon CloudWatch for operational metrics and alarms.
• Amazon Connect uses Amazon Polly to provide the voice for text-to-speech messages.
Q: Does Amazon Connect integrate with my existing or other third party systems?
Yes Amazon Connect is an open platform so it is easy to integrate with existing or other third party systems. Amazon Connect provides out-of-the-box integrations with many popular tools such as customer relationship management (CRM),Workforce Management (WFM), and Analytics tools.
You can also use Amazon Connect with other AWS services like Amazon S3 and AWS Lambda for storing recorded calls or streaming detailed contact records in real-time to a data warehouse to merge with business intelligence systems for further analysis. Amazon Connect provides an API so you can customize the solution to your needs.
Q: Does the Amazon Connect contact control panel (CCP) support the ability to open a specific customer page based on the incoming call data with a CRM?
Yes. The CCP supports an integration library to enable this with leading CRM tools or your own application.
Q: Does the Amazon Connect contact control panel (CCP) support click-to-call, the ability to click on a phone number to dial it with a CRM?
Yes. The CCP supports an integration library to enable this with leading CRM tools or your own application.
Q: Can I export data from Amazon Connect to third party analytics/reporting packages?
With Amazon Connect you own your data so you can leverage it in the ways that best suit your business, including exporting it to third-party applications and services. Detailed contact data can be exported to data warehouses and Amazon S3 in real time, via Amazon Kinesis Streams or Amazon Kinesis Firehose, and agent and contact data can be exported via automatically at regular intervals.
Q: Is there an advantage to leveraging additional AWS Services as opposed to proprietary solutions that are built specifically for a call center?
Yes. AWS has a history of rapid innovation and improving services. For example, using services like Amazon S3 directly for call recordings means that the service is well-documented, has the support of the AWS ecosystem of ISV and consulting partners making it easy to find experts to help if you need it, and you get access to new features (for example lifecycle management tools), as soon as they are released.
Q: Is there a network of consulting partners should I need their help?
Yes. A set of APN Consulting Partners with the requisite AWS and Amazon Connect knowledge have been approved by the Amazon Connect team to help you successfully configure and implement Amazon Connect. Please refer to the Amazon Connect Partner website for a list of these partners, and check back for updates as additional partners are approved.
Q: How much does it cost to use Amazon Connect?
With Amazon Connect, you only pay for what you use. There is a per minute charge for the Amazon Connect service. In addition to the charge for the service, there are also associated telecom charges for public switched telephone network (PSTN) usage. These charges are referred to as “Contact Center Telecommunications” charges on your AWS invoice.
Contact Center Telecommunications usage is charged by AMCS LLC and includes the following:
• Telephone numbers that are billed by day, per country, including:
o Direct Inward Dial (DID), also known as local or toll numbers
o Toll free numbers
• Telephony usage that is billed per minute, rates vary per country:
o Inbound to DID number
o Inbound to toll free
o Outbound calling (to either a customer or agent)
Please consult the Amazon Connect pricing page for the latest prices.
Q: How are usage charges calculated?
The Amazon Connect application charge is calculated based on customer contact duration, with a 10-second minimum and per second granularity.
For example, if there is an inbound call to your Amazon Connect phone number and the caller is on the line between 18:00:03 and 18:01:09 whether or not connected to your contact center agent, the application charge will be 1.1 minutes multiplied by the published per minute rate.
The Contact Center Telecommunications charge is calculated based on the aggregate telecom minutes, rounded up to the nearest minute. For example, if a customer calls your Amazon Connect phone number and is on the line for 10 seconds before hanging up, you will be charged for 1 minute of Contact Center Telecommunications. If your agent is configured to receive their calls through PSTN, and your Amazon Connect instance receives an inbound call from a customer with a duration of 2 minutes and 50 seconds, of which 1 minute and 5 seconds were spent with the agent connected, you will be billed for 3 minutes of inbound usage and 2 minutes of outbound telecom usage, as the Amazon Connect instance placed an outbound PSTN call to your agent (rates vary based on the origination/destination of the calls). You are also charged for Contact Center Telecommunications when your agents place outbound calls to customers.
Q: Is there a minimum usage amount per month?
There is no minimum usage amount per month, you only pay for what you use for that month.
Q: Are there any charges for agents or managers or other users of the Amazon Connect service?
Amazon Connect charges are based on your end-customer's use of the system, and when agents place outbound calls.
Q: Are there any charges for API access to the system?
There are no charges for API access.
Q: Are there any charges for Contact flow or IVR usage?
No, there are no charges for Contact flow or IVR usage. You are, however, charged at the normal rate for any other AWS services which you might use in the IVR, including AWS Lambda and Amazon Lex.
Q: Are there any charges for text to speech with Contact flow or IVR usage?
No, there are no other charges for text to speech with Contact flow or IVR usage.
Q: Are there any charges for call recordings usage?
No, there are no charges for call regardings. However, you are be charged for the storage capacity you use, whether it is Amazon S3 or any other AWS storage service, to store your call recordings.
Q: Are there any charges for telecom trunk provisioning or capacity?
No, you pay only for what you use as you use it.
Q: Does Amazon Connect support auditing of configuration changes?
Yes. You can see your configuration change history by choosing View historical changes from the bottom of most routing and user configuration pages.
Q: What tools can I use to monitor and set alarms for Amazon Connect operational metrics?
Key operational metrics, queue utilization and concurrent calls, are written to Amazon CloudWatch to enable monitoring and alarms. See the Amazon Connect documentation for details about which metrics are available in CloudWatch. For more information about Amazon CloudWatch, see the Amazon CloudWatch.
Q: Does Amazon Connect's default configuration have service limits?
Yes. Amazon Connect uses service limits in order to ensure the stability of the overall platform and prevent customers from incurring unexpected costs. The default service limits are set to allow customers to run a medium sized contact center. The limits can be raised upon request to accommodate any sized contact center. The technology that powers Amazon Connect has been proven to scale with the needs of Amazon's award winning customer service, with tens of thousands of agents using it at peak times of the year.
You can learn more at AWS Service Limits.