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no plan survives contact with the enemy

Military plans always need to be changed once they are enacted in real-life military situations. The saying emphasizes the need for flexibility, as opposed to strict adherence to strategy. It is attributed to Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, a 19th-century Prussian field marshal. Men, be ready to make changes on the battlefield—we all know that no plan survives contact with the enemy.
See also: contact, enemy, no, plan, survive

bring (someone or something) into contact with (someone or something)

1. To introduce two people so that they can communicate in the future. In this usage, the first person is named after "bring" and the second person after "with." My best friend wants to get fit, so I brought her into contact with my personal trainer.
2. To cause something to physically touch something else. This usage can refer to both people and things. Don't bring that wire into contact with this one! I start sneezing any time I am brought into contact with pollen.
See also: bring, contact

come in(to) contact

1. Literally, to touch someone or something. Jill got chicken pox too after coming in contact with her cousins while they were sick. Be careful not to come into contact with that plant—it's poison ivy.
2. To encounter someone or something. I'd never come into contact with this theory before, but it's pretty interesting.
See also: come, contact

be in contact with (one)

To communicate with one. Has anyone been in contact with grandma since the storm hit? Don't worry, I'll be in contact with you once I have some more information.
See also: contact

make contact with (someone or something)

1. To communicate with someone. Has anyone made contact with Grandma since the storm hit?
2. To touch someone or something. Be careful not to make contact with that plant—it's poison ivy. We have a massive leak because the construction crew made contact with a pipe while drilling in our basement.
3. To engage with an unknown entity for the first time. Do you think we'll ever make contact with intelligent life? The government strictly forbids anyone from making contact with the indigenous tribe.
See also: contact, make

have contact with (one)

To communicate with one. Has anyone had contact with Grandma since the storm hit?
See also: contact, have

point of contact

A person or place one can go to in order to find information, ask questions, or access or receive services. Our account manager Sarah will be your new point of contact moving forward if you need any information about your account. The consulate should be your first point of contact should you need any assistance during your travels.
See also: contact, of, point

bring someone or something into contact with someone or something

to cause things or people to touch or associate with one another. She hasn't been the same since I brought her into contact with the child who had chicken pox. Don't bring your hand in contact with the poison ivy. Don't bring him into contact with Fred.
See also: bring, contact

come in(to) contact

 (with someone or something)
1. Lit. to touch someone or something, probably unknowingly. How many people have come into contact with the sick man? He came in contact with almost no one.
2. Fig. to meet up with and learn about someone or something. Have you ever come into contact with trigonometry before? I have never come in contact with anything so difficult.
See also: come, contact

*contact with someone a link to someone

resulting in communication. (*Typically: be in ~; have ~; make~.) I have had no contact with Bill since he left town. Tom made contact with a known criminal last month.
See also: contact, link

in contact (with someone or something)

communicating with someone or a group; to share information with someone or a group. I have been in contact with our supplier, who will deliver the part next week. I am in contact with the Senate committee now.
See also: contact

lose contact with someone or something

 and lose touch with someone or something
[for communication with someone or a group] to fail or fade away; to let one's friendship or relationship with someone or a group lapse. I hope I don't lose contact with you. I don't want to lose touch with my old friends.
See also: contact, lose

ˌpoint of ˈcontact

a place where you go or a person that you speak to when you are dealing with an organization: The receptionist is the first point of contact most people have with the clinic.
See also: contact, of, point

lose ˈtouch/ˈcontact (with somebody/something)

not write/speak to somebody or not hear/read about somebody/something as you did in the past: She lost touch with most of her old friends when she moved to London.
See also: contact, lose, touch
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Contactual provides cloud-based call centre and customer interaction management solutions.
Contactual pioneered the use of on-demand contact centers that dramatically reduce the costs of outfitting customer service, help desk, technical support and inside sales team operations by eliminating the need for premise-based infrastructure.
While the existing installed base will serve as a driver for growth in the enterprise market, bringing the Contactual product in house will also allow 8x8 to scale it down to deliver an enterprise-class call center suite to smaller customers looking for a fully integrated platform.
Acquired cloud contact center service provider Contactual Inc.
Contactual has passed rigorous security audits by numerous Fortune 500 companies and as such we are able to quickly overcome this concern.
On-premises solutions are extremely costly and time-consuming to duplicate and maintain, and typically require specialized hardware and software to support agents working remotely," explains Kimberly Odom, senior director of marketing at Contactual.
Leapfrog Venture's portfolio includes Cloud9, Contactual, IronKey, RedSeal Systems, Peanut Labs, PureWave, Like, SilverTail Systems, and Vast.
iPass chose Contactual because it would scale immediately and improve customer interactions without the costs of a premise-based system.
Hosted Contact Center from Contactual Proves Popular Among Enterprise Departments, Provides Unmatched Reliability, Scalability
com) has updated its offerings with Contactual On-Demand Contact Center Version 6, which offers better security, a new reporting API, and an improved IVR editor.
Contactual's European operations are based in Guildford, United Kingdom and led by Philip Harman, director of EMEA operations for Contactual.
This functionality is contained for example in Contactual's Contactual OnDemand Contact Center Version 6.
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Contactual too has jumped on the homeshoring bandwagon with their latest Contactual OnDemand Contact Center Version 6.
Contactual, the trusted leader in on-demand contact center software that empowers small businesses and enterprise departments to end customer frustration, today announced they have chosen SaskTel to provide additional hosting for Contactual's software as a service contact center solution.