Careers at Verint Systems
Verint Systems’ mission is to enable organizations to provide crucial insights that empower decision makers to anticipate, respond, and take action.
Verint Systems is a provider of analytics software that produces actionable intelligence. The company operates three reportable business segments:
- Enterprise Intelligence Solutions – Includes customer analytics, workforce optimization, and engagement management solutions. Accounted for 55% of revenues in 2015.
- Cyber Intelligence Solutions – Includes cyber security, network intelligence, off-air intelligence, web intelligence, fusion intelligence, and lawful interception compliance solutions. Accounted for 34% of revenues in 2015.
- Video and Situation Intelligence Solutions – Includes situational awareness platform, enterprise video management software, video analytics, EdgeVMS, and public safety media recorder solutions. Accounted for 11% of revenues in 2015.
Israeli immigrant Kobi Alexander was a full-time investment banker at Shearson Lehman in New York. At the time he was also taking night classes to earn an MBA, and had aspirations of being an entrepreneur. In 1982 he met engineer Boaz Misholi, who had an idea for an advanced voice and fax messaging system. Alexander left his job and moved back to Israel to help him with the venture.
The two founded Efrat Future Technology to develop the product, assisted by Alexander’s brother-in-law Yechiam Yemini. By 1984 they had something market-ready, and returned to New York to establish a U.S. firm called Comverse that would act as Efrat’s parent company. Comverse represented a combination of the words “communication” and “versatility”.
Comverse went public in 1986, offering a product that was viewed as the first to integrate voice, call processing, and fax features into a single unit. Despite its innovativeness, the company focused on non-U.S. markets to avoid competition with major players such as AT&T. It achieved success in Europe with a service called Trilogue that enabled people to retrieve messages from public phones.
In the late 1980s Comverse created AudioDisk, a digital surveillance product that helped police and intelligence agencies with the recording and storing of wiretap material. It was a success, accounting for half of the company’s revenues by 1993 and used by the U.S. Department of Defense. In 1994 AudioDisk was placed in a subsidiary called Interactive Information Systems Corporation (IISC).
In 1996 IISC was renamed Comverse Information Systems Corporation. In 1999 the unit was merged with Comverse InfoMedia Systems to form Comverse Infosys. In 2002 Comverse Infosys was renamed Verint Systems and taken public. It then expanded its capabilities through several acquisitions. In 2013 Verint bought out Comverse’s stake in it and became independent.
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Business model of Verint Systems
Verint Systems has a niche market business model, with a specialized customer segment. The company targets its offerings at any firm that seek analytics software, but its solutions are primarily used by law enforcement and government agencies.
In 2015 one-third of its revenues were generated from contracts with local, regional, and national agencies around the world.
Verint Systems offers four primary value propositions: accessibility, innovation, performance, and brand/status.
The company creates accessibility by offering a wide variety of options. It has acquired numerous firms over the past decade, including MultiVision Intelligent Surveillance Limited, a provider of networked video security solutions; CM Insight Limited, a provider of customer management solutions; Mercom Systems, a provider of interaction recording and performance evaluation solutions; ViewLinks Euclipse, a provider of link analysis and data mining software solutions; Witness Systems, a provider of enterprise workforce optimization solutions; and Iontas, a provider of desktop analytics solutions. These additions have enabled it to significantly diversify its portfolio.
The company places a strong emphasis on innovaton. In the past decade it spent over $1.0 billion on R&D, and has 700 patents worldwide. It also maintains the Verint Open Innovation Network, which promotes innovation and collaboration on an industry scale. Firms that are members of the network can use Verint’s patented technologies in their solutions to create enhanced offerings for consuemrs.
The company has demonstrated strong performance through tangible results. High-profile examples of positive outcomes for specific clients include the following:
- New York Life implemented Verint Workforce Optimization, resulting in a 24% drop in attrition, higher first-call resolution, and a percentage point increase in customer satisfaction
- Elavon utilized Verint Quality Monitoring with Speech Analytics, resulting in the saving of nearly 600 accounts worth about $1.7 million in revenue within the first three months
- Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) used Verint Enterprise Feedback Management, resulting in a more than 150% increase in completed customer survey responses
- VSP Vision Care used Verint Workforce Optimization, resulting in reduced call handle time, increased customer satisfaction ratings, and savings of $3 million in the first year alone
- Securitas Direct used Verint Speech Analytics to improve its understanding of client perceptions and improve the customer experience, resulting in a 100% ROI in a single year
The company has established a strong brand due to success. It generates over $1 billion in annual revenues and has over 5,000 employees globally. It serves over 10,000 organizations in 180 countries, including more than 80% of the Fortune 100. Lastly, it has won many honors, including the 2016 CRM Excellence Award, the 2016 CEO World Award in the “New Products, Upgrades, and Innovations” category, and recognition as CRM Magazine’s Service Winner for nine years in a row.
Verint System’s main channels are its direct sales team and its indirect channels, which include distributors, value-added resellers, systems integrators, and original equipment manufacturer partners.
Indirect channels account for approximately half of its overall sales. The company promotes its offering through its social media pages and seminars, forums, symposiums, summits, expos, and conferences.
Verint System’s customer relationship is primarily of a personal assistance nature. The company assists customers in the following ways:
- Support Services – The company offers a wide range of maintenance support plans that include phone, online, and email access to technical personnel up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Depending on level, plans also offer upgrades when and if available and on-site repair/replacement.
- Implementation/Training Services – The company utilizes service organizations, authorized partners, and resellers to assist in implementing customers’ systems. Specific services include project management, system installation, and commissioning. It also offers training programs for its solutions that are provided at public training centers and on the client’s site. Lastly, it offers certification programs that enable students to sell, install, and support its solutions.
- Consulting/Managed Services – The company provides management consulting services that include
business strategy, process excellence, performance management, and project/program management components.
Despite this orientation, there is a self-service component. The company enables customers to participate in its training program online in a self-paced format. Furthermore, its website features a “Resources” section that includes data sheets, eBooks, infographics, and videos.
Verint’s business model entails designing and developing its software for customers, and manufacturing products where necessary. Its internal manufacturing operations primarily involve installing its software on externally purchased hardware components, assembly, repair, and testing.
While having its own manufacturing operation, Verint also utilizes manufacturing subcontractors to supply specific proprietary hardware components and produce, assemble, and deliver certain hardware products and solutions. In addition, the company relies on third parties such as hosting providers and other cloud-based service providers to deliver certain services to its customers.
The company maintains two formal partnership programs:
Customer Engagement Optimization Partners – Firms that work with the company to deliver solutions for contact center/back-office/branch operations, trading floors, and public safety organizations. They include the following:
- Channel sales partners that sell Verint’s products to their customers
- OEM partners that bundle Verint‘s workforce optimization solutions with sales of their converged communication infrastructure hardware solutions
- Hardware and technology alliance partners that integrate Verint’s solutions with theirs for streamlined deployment, added functionality, and more seamless operation
Specific partners include TimeTrade, Avaya, and Unify.
Cyber Intelligence Partners – Firms that add extra value to Verint solutions. They include system integrators and distribution partners that deploy and support Verint networked IP video solutions across a wide range of operating environments. Specific partners include Dell and EMC.
Partners receive a wide variety of benefits, including access to resources such as brochures, data sheets, and product video clips; training certifications; and access to the Partner Portal.
Verint’s main resources are its human resources, who include the technology employees that design and develop its software, the sales employees that promote it, the training/consulting staff that provide instruction and advisory services, and the customer service employees that provide support. The company maintains manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Germany, Israel, and Cyprus.
Lastly, it places a high priority on intellectual property, with over 700 patents and applications worldwide.
Verint has a value-driven structure, aiming to provide a premium proposition through significant personal service and frequent product enhancements.
Its biggest cost driver is cost of revenue, a variable expense that includes cost of product and cost of service/support. Other major drivers are in the areas of sales/administration and research/development, both fixed costs.
Verint has two revenue streams:
- Product Revenues – Revenues generated from the sale of hardware products (including software that works with the hardware to deliver the product's functionality) and licensing of software products.
- Service and Support Revenues – Revenues generated from installation services, post-contract customer support (PCS), hosting services, project management, SaaS, product warranties, application managed services, business advisory consulting, and training services.
info: Dan earned a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and an M.Sc. in Telecommunications and Computer Science at Tel Aviv University. He previously served as President and CEO of Comverse Government Systems Corp.
info: Peter earned a B.A. at State University of New York at Albany and a JD at Yeshiva University. He previously served as General Counsel and Secretary of Verint and as an Associate at various global law firms.
info: Douglas earned an MBA at Babson College. He previously spent 17 years at CA Technologies, where he held several roles, including Corporate Controller, CFO of CA’s iCan SP subsidiary, SVP Finance - Americas Division, and SVP Investor Relations.
info: Alan earned an MBA at New York University. He previously served as SVP in Lehman Brothers’ Technology Investment Banking Group and as VP of Technology Investment Banking at SBC Warburg.
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