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Overview

This guide outlines the information you need to know about new or improved functionality in Oracle Service Cloud 18B and describes any tasks you might need to perform for the update. Each section includes a brief description of the feature, the steps you need to take to enable to begin using the feature, any tips or considerations that you should keep in mind, and the resources available to help you.

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Feature Summary

Action Required to Enable Feature

Feature

Automatically Available

End User Action Required

Administrator Action Required

Oracle Service Request Required

Agent Browser Channels

Chat Transfer Enhancements

Agent Browser Workspaces

Link and Unlink Icon on Incident Thread CKEditor Toolbar

Contact Center

Large Thread Editor Support

Policy Automation

File Upload Management

Policy Model Management

Web Service Connection Authentication

Platform

Analytics Audit Logging Enhancements for GDPR - CI/CD

Configuration Assistant OSvC Update

Bi-Directional Integration Between OSvC and SRM (ICS and BUI Changes)

Web Customer Service

Chat Inlays - Proactive and Embedded

Conditional Chat Link

Video Feed Inlay

Chat Consumer REST API

Knowledge Management

Customer Driven Reports (KA)

Agent Browser Channels

Chat Transfer Enhancements

New functionality has been added to the Agent's Chat experience within the Browser User Interface, where transferring chats to queues and agents has become easier to navigate. Agents can easily perform a search for Queues & Agents when transferring or conferencing a chat session. The search results are filtered & alphabetical for both menus. Tooltips will appear for long names within the menus, as well. These updates should lead to less scrolling for Agents when handling a chat session.

New Transfer Functionality in the Browser UI

Steps to Enable

These updates are automatically available for Agents handling Chat sessions within the Browser User Interface.

Role Information

Roles that will utilize this feature:

Agent Browser Workspaces

Link and Unlink Icon on Incident Thread CKEditor Toolbar

An agent has the ability to link and unlink text to a URL in the CKEditor Toolbar when composing a message.

On the Incident Thread CKEditor toolbar, there are two icons to Link and Unlink text with a specific URL. 

Add link and Unlink CKEditor Toolbar Icons

To execute, select the Link Icon and a dialog will open with the following fields:

Add Link Dialog

If the text is highlighted it will automatically display in the Text field of the dialog. The user can also edit text in the text field. 

Once the user selects OK; the dialog will close and the link will be added to the text. 

To Unlink, select the linked text and select the Unlink Icon from the toolbar. The link will then be deleted. 

Steps to Enable

No set up is required. The link and unlink icon will display on the incident thread editor toolbar to all agents with appropriate permissions on the Incident WS. 

Role Information

Contact Center

Large Thread Editor Support

This feature allows Service Cloud administrators to configure the number of threads which will open on a given workspace. Incidents with graphics or many associated emails can take a long time to load. By restricting the number of threads that an incident can display at one time, you can shorten the incident load time and improve efficiency.

Steps to Enable

No steps are required to enable this feature.

Policy Automation

File Upload Management

The November Release continues to add features to enhance the customer and agent experience.  For attachments, this feature allows interview designers to:

Steps to Enable

No steps are required to enable this feature.

Policy Model Management

This feature provides the ability to pin a project to simplify the desktop and mobile app lifecycle.  Administrative users can manage new policy model version available from the OPA.  This allows the deployment of new version of OPA projects at any time that works with desktop and mobile schedules.

Steps to Enable

No steps are required to enable this feature.

Web Service Connection Authentication

This enhancement allows client certificates to be uploaded to OPA Hub, and for OPA connections to be configured to present a particular certificate when they make calls to a customer’s web service connection. Client authentication (2-way SSL) ensures that calls to these configured web service connector endpoints can only be performed by OPA site(s) to which the customer has explicitly granted permission (by uploading the client certificate).

Steps to Enable

No steps are required to enable this feature.

Platform

Analytics Audit Logging Enhancements for GDPR - CI/CD

Service Cloud now records data about which reports are being being executed, exported, forwarded, printed, or previewed across all agent-facing sources. The data is stored in the Analytics Audit Log on our Cloud Auxiliary Storage Service and is reportable within Service Cloud directly. It is available to administrators with the proper permissions.

This feature extends our compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Steps to Enable

No steps are required to implement this feature.

Tips And Considerations

This expanded audit logging will be subject to a fixed 30 day retention period. If you need data stored longer than 30 days, you will need to run the audit log on a regular basis and export the data that is returned to another location. This can be done manually, or by using API scripts.

Key Resources

Configuration Assistant OSvC Update

This feature adds capabilities for customers to view and modify Oracle Service Cloud update related information. Administers will be able to see the production site and upgrade site status as well as modify the upgrade site creation date and cutover date and change update preferences. This feature is accessible from the main Configuration Assistant home page.

Steps to Enable

No steps are required to enable this feature.

Bi-Directional Integration Between OSvC and SRM (ICS and BUI Changes)

In the modern day paradigm of Social cloud/platforms, consumers often use social media as a platform to complain about the product and/or service on social applications (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) rather than reaching out to the company contact center. In many cases agents do not have visibility into these complaints and hence they remain unresolved.  This integration strives to address this shortcoming by automatically creating incidents in Oracle Service Cloud when Social Relation Management detects an adverse comment in a social platform.

Steps to Enable

No steps are required to enable this feature.

Web Customer Service

Chat Inlays - Proactive and Embedded

With this release Oracle Service Could delivers Chat inlays, the next generation of syndicated widgets for Chat, to provide a better customer experience. A Chat inlay is a chat session between a chat agent and an end user, during which customers can continue to browse to other areas of the corporate site.

Chat inlays can be triggered from a chat offering such as a Conditional Chat, which is a link button that the user selects, or a Proactive Chat, which launches when certain conditions are met. Chat inlays can be embedded on external web pages and on traditional customer portal pages. Because they enable syndicated chat on an agnostic platform, Chat inlays do not require an underlying platform such as Oracle customer portal pages.

Steps to Enable

First, identify the attributes you want for the Chat inlay, which can be found on the admin site for your customer portal. Then, invoke the Chat inlay by adding the proper code to the web page. 

Tips And Considerations

Oracle Service Cloud Chat must be enabled and agents must be available before a chat will be offered to a customer. Additionally, the customer’s browser must be configured to accept cookies.

Key Resources

Conditional Chat Link

The new Conditional Chat inlay creates a link that launches a conditional chat session. You can deploy it on an external web page for any customer service product, including Fusion products, enabling true syndication.

Steps to Enable

First, identify the attributes you want for the Chat inlay, which can be found on the admin site for your customer portal. Then, invoke Chat inlay by adding the proper code to the web page.

Tips And Considerations

A conditional chat session is one that can be launched under certain conditions. These can include the call center operating hours, agent availability, or wait time.

Common ways to display the conditional chat link include displaying a chat button, a chat link, or a combination of both.

Key Resources

Video Feed Inlay

Video chat is becoming a popular channel for offering superior customer service and engaging interactions. In this release, Video Feed inlay now enables end user chats via video feed during service interactions. End users engaged in chat will be offered (via chat agent) the ability to communicate via video feed, proving a more intimate integration between agent and customers.

Steps to Enable

No steps are required to enable this feature.

Chat Consumer REST API

A REST based API is available for building custom chat end-user applications. The Chat Consumer REST API provides application developers the ability to securely start a chat session and exchange messages with a Chat agent. The API can be used for building a custom chat end-user application which communicates with the Oracle Service Cloud Chat Server. The REST API delivers the same functionality as the SOAP based Custom Chat Interface API.

Steps to Enable

No steps are required to enable this feature.

Knowledge Management

Customer Driven Reports (KA)

Segmenting analytics data by search and authoring information for both agents and end users provides customers with a better understanding of how end users are using knowledge. In this release, Oracle provides these reports out-of-the-box, as canned reports.  They are part of a set of reports requested by our Knowledge Advanced customers, and they satisfy KCS requirements by enabling knowledge administrators to view data by agents and end users for search and authoring information.

Steps to Enable

No steps are required to enable this feature.

Key Resources