April 20, 2015 10:00 ET

AVST CTO Explores Trends Driving the Surge in Virtual Personal Assistant Technology at Mobile Voice Conference

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 20, 2015) - This week at the annual Mobile Voice Conference, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) CTO Tom Minifie has been invited to provide insight into the growing demand for virtual personal assistant technology in the enterprise. During the conference, held at the Sainte Claire Hotel in San Jose, Calif., April 20-21, Minifie will explore how mobile applications and "always connected workers" are changing the enterprise landscape.

Leveraging AVST's 30+ years in developing best-of-breed Unified Communications (UC) solutions, Minifie's presentation, titled "Evolution of the Personal Assistant," will offer a unique perspective into paradigm shifts driven by mobility and will spotlight AVST's own virtual personal assistant, Atom®, which industry analyst Michael Finneran cites as a "first in enterprise mobility."

Minifie will be joined at the conference by leaders from Microsoft, Oracle, Nuance Technologies Inc., Openstream, and others, who will also be discussing the rise of virtual personal assistants and their role in the digital future of enterprise communications. According to leading research firm Gartner, Inc., "The use of virtual personal assistants is just beginning; assume that future interactions with your customers will be through virtual personal assistant technology."1

Just as the consumerization of IT has driven mobile device adoption and deployment, consumer influence from virtual personal assistants, such as Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana and Google Now, has led to employees being much more comfortable with voice interaction. As a result, workers seek enterprise-class mobile speech applications to improve workflow efficiency and better manage communications.

"Intelligence everywhere is quickly approaching. Our customers want a Siri-like experience for the enterprise. They are looking for intelligent virtual personal assistants that can check inventory levels and backorder status as well as vacation balances and quota attainment for the month," said Minifie. "With more employees transitioning to mobile worker status, our goal is to provide them with secure, seamless communications -- wherever the day may take them."

Whether it's through WiFi, geo-fencing or presence status, access to location and user information opens up a whole new world. AVST's Atom is a context-aware virtual personal assistant that brings new location-based services, federated presence, a multi-lingual speech interface, unified messaging, and more to the workplace. With total office and mobile capabilities, Atom significantly increases workplace productivity and keeps people connected.

For more information on AVST's mobile solutions, including Atom, visit

1 Gartner, Maverick* Research: Power to the People --The Rejection of Social and the Rise of Virtual Personal Assistants, November 2014, Analyst(s): Van L. Baker | Brian Blau

About AVST
With more than 30 years of continuous innovation, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a trusted developer of software-based Unified Communications (UC) solutions for businesses of all sizes.

Our passion is to develop communications solutions that transform the productivity of individuals, teams and businesses while leveraging the value of their existing and evolving IT infrastructure.

Thousands of businesses worldwide rely on AVST to meet their "mission-critical" communications requirements today, align their business with key trends and, with the world-class interoperability of AVST's UC solutions, provide a bridge to their digital future.

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, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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