The most basic scenario when using Nimbus is the safe (attended) call transfer. The starting point of this scenario is a queue with at least one incoming call getting assigned via the Stratus queue distribution system.
✅ Precondition: Caller is shown within the Incoming Call Queue. Once assigned to you the call is shown as "Incoming" in the Conversation Controls and your Teams Client is be showing the "ringing" call popup.
You accept the call.
→ The caller is transferred to your Conversation Controls, shown as "Active"
→ You are now connected to the caller.
→ The "Attendant State " widget in the User Interface area shifts to "Working " / "Conversation Active" to signal that you are handling a call for your service team.
💡 From here on you may put the caller on hold or end the call using the controls in the Conversation Hub.
Within the Contact Search you can now search for a contact by typing any identifying element (clear name, SIP-address, telephone number).
💡 Use common constructs in the search such as @domain to find multiple fitting results.
💡 You can also type a E.164 standard telephone number in the search box (+ country code) (subscriber number) to forward to that target
💡 You may want to use filters to narrow down large lists of results.
Quick Actions - Safe Transfer
- Select a contact entry and press "Safe Transfer" within the Quick Actions to forward the call.
- Select an available transfer target. You can pick a transfer target in the pop-up (UPN, Voicemail, PSTN numbers
→ You remain part of the session while an attended transfer is in progress. During this phase you are unable to handle other calls. The scenario may unfold as follows:
✅Contact accepts the call
- Your caller will be put into a conference call with wait music playing. To you the call is shown as "Parked" in the conversation Hub
- In the meantime your contact will be called (ringing).
- Assuming the call is taken:
... via call: your contact should now be shown as "BIC" = "Busy In Call" accordingly, verifying a successful transfer.
- ... via voicemail transfer: your caller should be directly transferred to the caller's voicemail and hear the corresponding announcement. No further action is required on your behalf.
- ... via call: your contact should now be shown as "BIC" = "Busy In Call" accordingly, verifying a successful transfer.
- The caller is removed from your Conversation Hub and you are ready to take the next caller
❌Contact doesn't respond, rejects or transfer unsuccessful
- The caller is returned to the call queue. → Calling you will be retried until either the caller hangs up or you take the returning call back.
- You can simply retry the transfer or other options:
- Try a different target (e.g. PSTN number or Voicemail).
- Try Email or Chat toreach your contact target.
- Search for a substitute contact and try any action there.
After the Call
- When you end the call your "Attendant State " in the top area of the User Interface shifts back to "Active" (green)"
- If a call was successfully transferred to a contact target the search field is cleared automatically to show your default favorites and popular contacts.
- You're free to take on the next call → Step 1.
Notes on Call Transfers
- By default, a rejected call transfer will be returned to you after a certain time (See → RONA in our Nimbus Glossary).
- Attended transfers will in your conversation hub until taken. You are not available for other conversations until the caller task is resolved.
- A safe transfer returning to you that is not taken or hung up by the customer results in a "failed" task in the reporting model. (User External Transfer Failed & User Internal Transfer Failed)
IRREGULAR RONA TIMEOUT
RONA time for a safe transfer cannot be configured within Attendant Console as it depends on each target's individual MS Teams client settings. Within MS Teams, refer to: Settings > Calls > "Ring for this many seconds before redirecting" > Possible Range: 10-60 seconds.
TRANSFER TO PSTN LIMITATION
Out-of-the-box, Nimbus and affiliated addons can only perform PSTN transfers according to Microsoft's licensing and constraints.
Which PSTN license do I need to acquire?
As a tenant administrator you need to acquire the following licenses and assign them to the application instance of the respective Nimbus SOURCE service (team) that will act as PSTN transferor:
|"Microsoft Teams Phone Resource Account"
"Microsoft Teams Phone Resource Account"
+ "Microsoft Teams Domestic Calling Plan" or "Microsoft Teams Domestic and International Calling Plan" or "Microsoft Teams Calling Plan pay-as-you-go"+ "Communication Credits" (if these aren't already included as part of your plan)
|"Microsoft Teams Phone Resource Account"
☝ As of 2023 "Microsoft Teams Phone Standard" licences are no longer supported by Microsoft. Previously those licenses were viable for Nimbus. → Regardless if you are using Direct Routing, Calling Plans, Operator Connect - the "Microsoft Teams Phone Resource Account" license is now always required.
☝ Please note that Luware staff cannot make recommendations on which license plan is best suited for your needs. Depending on your scenario, additional Teams App licenses may be required. Exact details are to be discussed with your Microsoft contacts.
How does PSTN licensing affect Service and Call Transfers?
Assuming that Service A has a PSTN license assigned - but further Services don't - the following scenario may unfold:
☝ Note that handling and tracking of running cost for PSTN licenses is outside of Luware support scope.
If you require assistance in extending and/or configuring your Nimbus services for PSTN our support will gladly assist you: