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NEONNOW Quickstart Guide

The purpose of this document is to assist new or existing customers in the setup and initial configuration of their NEONNOW.

Further assistance can be requested if required by emailing sales@cloudwave.com.au.

Prerequisites

The Quick Start guide assumes that you have already established the following:

  • AWS account signed-up and established. This is the account that we will be using to run your contact centre.
  • AWS Admin Access. You will need access to an AWS Admin user or a user that can create other roles in the above AWS account.
    • Customer Profiles either NOT enabled (NEONNOW will enable), OR if enabled, ensure you have set a domain name of ‘amazon-connect-<connectinstancealias>’, for example ‘amazon-connect-myinstance123’
  • Add Agent Statuses in Amazon Connect
  • Are your agents making outbound calls? Outbound requirements
    • Default Outbound Queue
      The routing profile of the agent MUST have a default outbound queue configured. In addition, the outbound queue must have a phone number assigned.
    • Security Permissions
      • CCP: Access CCP
      • CCP: Outbound permissions

These two permissions are included in the default Agent and Admin security profiles in Amazon Connect.

  • Using queue/agent transfers?
    The following default transfer Contact Flows must exist:(Without these Contact Flows, agent/queue transfers will fail, and an error will be shown to your agents)

    • Default queue transfer
    • Default agent transfer
    • Amazon Connect Service Quotas
      • Quick Connects
        NEONNOW uses dynamic quick connects to facilitate agent and queue transfers. Each transfer between an agent and another agent/queue uses a single quick connect to form a reusable transfer. Because of this, we recommend increasing your quick connect limit to the max of 1000.
  • Single Sign On (Optional)

If you are planning on signing in to your contact centre with a single sign on (such as using Azure Active Directory), you will need to have created your Amazon Connect instance with it enabled. When you have created your NEONNOW contact centre, you will need to go into customisation and enable SSO with the login URL.
For additional information on configuring SSO visit Configuring Single Sign On

AWS Customer Account Resources

To integrate NEONNOW with your Amazon Connect AWS account, the onboarding wizard will create an AWS IAM role, that will be used call Amazon Connect APIs and setup service orchestration.  The role will be set up with the following policy:

  • connect:* (Connect)
  • profile:*  (Connect customer profiles)
  • quicksight:* (Amazon Quicksight)
  • ses:* (Amazon SES)
  • s3:* (Amazon S3)
  • kms:* (AWS Key Management Service)

It is possible to restrict this policy further down to individual actions & resources, however this will differ, depending on the features you have enabled in your NEONNOW instance.

In addition, here is a specific list of resources deployed to your AWS account, broken down by Feature:

Feature Resource Description
NEONNOW Base build – IAM role

– Amazon Connect origin will be added

– Customer Profiles domain and KMS cert (if required)

NEONNOW Email Feature – AWS SES, including domain & email verifications

 

NEONNOW Insights (reporting) – Kinesis Data Streams (utilised but NEONNOW will not orchestrate creation)

– AWS Lambda for Amazon Connect real-time metrics

– S3 bucket for real-time for Amazon Connect real-time metrics results

– S3 Buckets for Athena query Storage

– S3 Buckets for CTR and Agent Stream records

– AWS Glue Tables

– AWS Athena for S3/Glue queries

– Amazon Quicksight for BI, including service users for report embedding.

AWS Marketplace

NEONNOW is a flexible and convenient pay-as-you-go service that charges customers based on the number of minutes that their agents are logged in. To subscribe to NEONNOW, customers can purchase it through the AWS Marketplace, and the usage will appear as a line-item on their AWS invoice

Follow the steps to subscribe to NEONNOW:

1 .Customers should log in to the AWS Console for the AWS Account where their Amazon Connect instance (or instances) resides.

2. Click on the Services dropdown menu on the top left of the console.

3. Select AWS Marketplace Subscriptions or search for “Marketplace” in the Search box.

4.  Select Discover Products from the left menu, then search “NEONNOW”.

5. Select View purchase options.

6. Customers can subscribe to NEONNOW via the subscribe button. After Subscribing from the AWS Marketplace, click “Set up your account “ on the top right of the screen to start the NEONNOW Sign-up Wizard.

When you subscribe to NEONNOW via the AWS Marketplace, a new organisation is provisioned within Neon.

Multiple NEONNOW instances can exist in a single AWS Account, with the caveat of at max one instance with Enterprise reporting configured per region.

Here are some valid configuration examples:

  • Single AWS account, with the following:
    • 1 ap-southeast-2 instance of Amazon Connect, configured against a NEONNOW instance in ap-southeast-2
    • 1 us-west-2 instance of Amazon Connect, configured against a NEONNOW instance in us-west-2

Here are some non-valid configuration examples:

  • Single AWS account, with the following:
    • 2 ap-southeast-2 instances of Amazon Connect, configured against two NEONNOW instance in ap-southeast-2 both of which configured with Enterprise Reporting – only a single instance may be configured per region

NEONNOW Signup Wizard

The first step is to choose a region where you want us to store your data. You will not be able to change it once we have set you up.

NB: NEONNOW is available currently in the following AWS Regions:

  • Sydney (ap-southeast-2)
  • Oregon (us-west-2)
  • London (eu-west-2)

Please reach out to sales@cloudwave.com.au if you are interested in additional regions – we can enable in any AWS Regions where Amazon Connect is available.

Click “Begin Sign Up”

If you previously signed in to the NeonNow admin app with a different account, you need to sign out first.

Next, fill in the information about your organisation, including where you work and who we can reach out to.

Click “Next Step”

On the next screen, fill in the information to create your first NEONNOW Admin user.

Click “Next Step“

Check the inbox for the email you provided for the Admin user, where you should have received a verification email with a 6-digit code. The email might be in your spam folder.

Enter the 6-digit code in the signup wizard on the “Verify Your Email“ screen, as shown below.

Click “Verify“.

Next, get set up with information about your Amazon Connect instance.

We need the following information from you on this screen:

  • Contact Centre Link: This will be used by your users to access your contact centre. Only letters, numbers and dashes are allowed, with a length between 4 and 10.
  • Your Product: Enable additional paid features for your contact centre. Some of these may require us to get in touch to help you get setup or turn them off.
    • Basic: Standard features to run your contact centre.
    • Enterprise: All the basic features plus Enterprise reporting.
    • Add-ons > Concierge
    • Add-ons > Conversations
    • Add-ons > Workforce Management
  • Amazon Connect:
    • ARN: The unique ARN identifier for your Amazon Connect instance. See screenshot below, red highlighted area – use ‘copy to clipboard’ button
    • User Login: The case-sensitive login of an existing Amazon Connect user. This will be the first user in your contact centre and will be required to add others.

 

Click “Next Step“.

Read the popup note about enabling Enterprise Product and then click on Close.

 

Click on “Continue“ on the Before You Continue popup note if you selected any of the add-ons.

 

Next, create the AWS service user role we will need to help run your contact centre.

Click on “Create Role“, which will take you to the “Quick create stack“ in a new browser tab to create the required role automatically. Click ”Create Stack”.

Note: You will need to have your AWS account logged in with Admin permissions for this step to complete.

This page shows when your roles are being created in the signup flow.

Once the role has been created, the “Create An AWS Role” screen will automatically be updated with a success message, as shown below.

Click “Finish”

After the role is created, log out of the AWS admin user you used for creating the role above.

Congratulations! Your NEONNOW sign-up has been completed.

You can sign in from your admin app. Provide the admin user email and password you set up in the “Create Your Admin User” step under NEONNOW Signup Wizard, and click Sign In.

Accessing your NEONNOW Admin Portal

You can manage your Organisation, including NEONNOW instances and other admin users through the NEONNOW Admin application

Once logged in, you should see NEONNOW contact centres screen similar as below:

Click on the Contact Centre you want to config.

Click “Customise“ to begin the customisation process.

Enterprise and Add-ons require a follow-up from us to help you get set up. We’ll get in touch with the point of contact you provided us with.

Config your contact centre based on your needs:

For example, you may want to set up After Call Work or Wrap-Up codes to provide specific options to your customers.

Test Core Telephony Features

Note: The onboarding flow automatically white-listed the NEONNOW Domain within the AWS Console.

Open the NEONNOW Agent Workspace URL created for your organisation (e.g. https://acme-inc.cw-neon.com) in a browser like Chrome.

This should open Amazon Connect CCP in a new popup window. If the Amazon Connect CCP window does not pop up, make sure the browser’s popup blocker is not blocking your NEONNOW URL.

Provide your Amazon Connect credentials on the Amazon Connect CCP popup window and wait for the CCP screen to close itself after the successful authentication.

Note: You must use the same Amazon Connect user that you provided in the NEONNOW Signup wizard.

You also need to give Microphone access to NEONNOW to accept inbound/ outbound calls. For more information, visit Microphone and Cookies Access.

Setting Up your Agent Desktop Experience

Now you have successfully log into the NEONNOW agent workspace on the Chrome browser.

Click on the 3 dots at the top-right corner of the google chrome browser, go to “More tools” then click “Create shortcut”

Enter NEONNOW as the application name, be sure to select “Open as window”, then click Create.

Go to your Desktop; there should be a NEONNOW icon created.

Click to open, then select and drag the top right corner to adjust the Window to an appropriate size to fit the preference of the user.

You can choose to use NEONNOW Desktop or NEONNOW softphone:

Now let’s test Core Telephony Features:

Agent Status

From the top right corner, select Available from the status list:

Inbound call

Use your cell phone or landline to dial the Amazon Connect number that is associated with your test contact flow, which should transfer the call to a queue where you are a member.

Ensure you are in available status; you should see an incoming call alert appearing from the right corner of NEONNOW as shown in the below snapshot:

Click on the green answer button, and you should be connected to the caller.

 

Once connected, you will see some information about the call, such as caller’s phone number, queue name, call timer, wrap-up code, interaction code, and the core telephony functionality.

Note: You can configure wrap-up codes from the NEONNOW Admin app; however, they are not required for basic telephony testing with NEONNOW.

Please feel free to try various NEONNOW features available during the call, such as transfer, hold, mute, wrap-up codes, interaction notes, etc.

Click on the red button to disconnect the call.

 

After Call Work

You are now in the ACW (After Call Work) mode( if configured in the NEONNOW admin app)

Review the info and click on the red tick button.

 

Outbound call

Next, let’s try an outbound.

You will need a default outbound queue to make outbound calls, check Outbound requirements in thePrerequisites for more infomation.

From the top right corner, click on the Directory icon to open NEONNOW Directory in a popup window within the NEONNOW app.

Click on the Dialpad tab and type the number to dial in the phone number field as shown below:

Click on the green call button to initiate the outbound call.

A small outbound call alert appears in the top right corner indicating the initiation of the outbound call.

Once the call is answered by the called party, NEONNOW displays the Connected Call status and presents you with all the core telephony functionality as for the inbound call.

Click on the red button to disconnect the call.

Congratulations! You have successfully completed the basic telephony testing with NEONNOW.

Next Steps

Add NEONNOW Users

Login into your Amazon Connect Admin account.

From the menu on the left, go to Users > User management > Add new users

Fill the new user info and assign the necessary routing and security profiles:

Click “Save“.

Login into the NEONNOW application using the URL created for your organisation (e.g. https://acme-inc.cw-neon.com) with the Amazon Connect admin user credentials you provided during the NEONNOW setup.

Note: When you browse to the NEONNOW application URL, it pops-up the CCP window where you provide you Amazon Connect user credentials. If you have SSO enabled for Amazon Connect, then it redirects you to the SSO login screen to provide your credentials.

Once logged into NEONNOW from the menu on the left, go to Settings > Users

You should see the new user you created above should appear in the users list.

Select the new user by clicking the checkbox before the user’s name:

Click on the “+” button on the right top of the Users page:

Click on the Role dropdown and select either Agent or Admin from the list and click “Save”:

 

The “NEONNOW User“ column should now show “Yes“ for the new user indicating the user we created in Amazon Connect is now a NEONNOW User.

Go to the NEONNOW Agent Workspace URL created for your organisation (e.g. https://acme-inc.cw-neon.com) in a browser, such as Chrome. You will be able to login using the newly created user.

Modify Neon Features

Login to NEONNOW Admin using the admin URL: https://admin.neon.au.cw-neon.com

Click on your NEONNOW instance name, and you should see a similar page as below:

Click “Customise” to config your NEONNOW features.

Your Product – Basic

NEONNOW Basic is the standard feature to run your contact centre, such as inbound and outbound calls, agent tasks, after-contact work etc.

Your Product – Entreprise

Choose NEONNOW Entreprise to use various reports embedded within NEONNOW UI.

Wallboard View

Wallboard provides a real-time view of the state of queues, which includes various metrics, such as Contacts In Queue, Longest Waiting, Agents Staffed, Agents Available, Agents On Contacts, etc.

Performance Today Views

Performance views display today’s metrics for the contact center, queues, agents, interactions, outbound campaigns, and callbacks.

Analytics Views

Analytics views display historical metrics for the contact center, queues, agents, interactions, outbound campaigns, callbacks, and wrap-up codes.

Custom Reports

With Custom Reports, you can access QuickSight and build your own custom reports to meet the needs of your contact centre.

To enable enterprise-grade reporting, please contact us at sales@cloudwave.com.au.

For more information visit  NEONNOW Reports.

Add ons

For more information visit Product Add-ons

Modify Call Flows

A flow defines how a customer experiences your contact center from start to finish. At the most basic level, flows enable you to customize your IVR (interactive voice response) system.

For example, you can give customers a set of menu options and route customers to agents based on what they enter on their phone. Although with Amazon Connect, flows are significantly more powerful than that: you can create dynamic, personalized flows that interact with other AWS services.

Please visit the following link for more details: Create a flow

Unsubscribe NEONNOW

To unsubscribe, you need to login to Marketplace and click “cancel subscription“, then you will not be able log in to NEONNOW and NEONNOW admin app.

Beyond unsubscribing to the NEONNOW marketplace listing, to fully decommission AWS resources deployed to your account (deployment role), log into the CloudFormation and carry out the following steps:

  • Find the CloudFormation stack deployed earlier – name will be prefixed with cloudwave-neon
  • Select this using the radio & select ‘Delete’
  • This will remove the local role from your AWS Account

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