March 31, 2014 10:00 ET

AVST CEO Speaking at ACUTA; Identifies Hybrid Cloud, Mobility and Automation as the Future of Campus Communications

Shares Best Practices Gained From UC Implementations at More Than 1,100 Educational Institutions

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - Mar 31, 2014) - This week at the ACUTA Annual Conference 2014, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST), a leading provider of best-of-breed Unified Communications (UC) software, will put the spotlight on the future of UC for colleges and universities. AVST President & CEO Hardy Myers will speak in two separate sessions to share insights into what the future holds when it comes to campus communications in the coming years.

With more than 1,100 educational institutions utilizing AVST technology for campus-wide communications, Myers will share past experiences including challenges, successes and best practices for modernizing campus communications infrastructures. In addition, Myers will be joined by San Diego State University (SDSU) to share their successful hybrid cloud UC deployment experiences and future plans to enhance mobility and automate processes.

Titled 'The Evolution of the Personal Assistant,' Myers' first presentation will take place today, March 31, from 10:30-11:30 AM at Reunion E. Myers will take a detailed look at how the surge of smart mobile devices, coupled with a growing Millennials workforce, is projected to accelerate the adoption of virtual personal assistants for enhanced campus communications.

On Wednesday, April 2 from 1:15-2:15 PM at Reunion F, Myers will be joined by a co-presenter from SDSU to explore the intersection between UC and new mobile and cloud initiatives. They will explore the challenges universities face when transitioning their legacy communications landscape to new and advanced technology -- while considering security, interoperability and ROI.

"We're very proud that more than 1,100 educational institutions are using our UC applications," said Denny Michael, Vice President of Marketing at AVST. "The higher education market is a key focus for AVST and we have been strong supporters of the annual ACUTA event for 10 years running. ACUTA is the perfect forum for us to connect directly with colleges and universities as they ready themselves for the transition to UC and to help prepare them for what the future holds."

ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and universities. Representing over 1,700 individuals at nearly 750 institutions of higher education with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the 50 largest U.S. institutions, ACUTA's core purpose is to support higher education institutions in achieving optimal use of communications technologies. AVST is a corporate affiliate of ACUTA and has been acknowledged for its support of ACUTA's regional and national events over the last six years.

For more information about AVST's products for the higher education marketplace, stop by their booth #401 at ACUTA or visit the company's website at

About AVST
The typical enterprise communications infrastructure is made up of a collection of technologies from multiple vendors, acquired over time and never intended to work together. To maximize user and business productivity, while leveraging existing IT investments, interoperability is a must.

AVST delivers the industry's most interoperable Unified Communications (UC) platform that brings best-of-breed voice, mobility and business process applications to the enterprise. Unlike virtually every other UC vendor, AVST does not constrain customers with a single vendor lock-in approach. In fact, it's the very opposite. By connecting new and existing technologies, AVST frees organizations from the constraints of a closed, single-source UC solution, unlocking the full potential of their communications infrastructure.

With over 15 million users worldwide and three decades of innovation excellence, AVST is unifying communications®.

Headquartered in Orange County, California, AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, Washington, Victoria B.C., Canada and the United Kingdom and has remote sales offices throughout the United States. AVST's UC solutions are sold and supported worldwide by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners. To learn more about AVST, our products and partners please visit or you can follow us at Twitter, YouTube, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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