November 13, 2007 10:00 ET

AVST to Host Educational Webinar: Dispelling Myths Associated With Unified Communications

Leading Provider of Unified Communications Teams With VoiceCon to Offer Educational Insight to Build Your Enterprise's UC Evolution

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA--(Marketwire - November 13, 2007) - Continuing its charter to educate users on the benefits of Unifying Communications (UC), Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) announced that it has teamed with VoiceCon to deliver industry leading experts to discuss, "Unified Communications: Myth vs. Reality." The webinar will take place at 2:00 p.m. EST / 11:00 a.m. PST on November 14, 2007.

Unified Communications (UC) is the hottest buzzword in the convergence/VOIP market, but there's still confusion over what UC really is, and whether it's ready for prime time. While the full vision of Unified Communications may be several years from realization, elements of UC are being implemented today, and enterprises are starting to build a foundation of unified messaging and other UC components that will represent the first steps toward complete UC implementation.

"Given that the migration to unified communications is beginning, it is important that users get a clear idea of the benefits of UC today and hear about real life customer examples of how it is helping individuals, groups and companies interact and perform," said AVST's President & CEO, Hardy Myers.

        Participants to the webinar will learn the following:
           --  Where UC is today and where it is headed
           --  How to take those first steps toward UC

"We believe that one of the most effective ways to share the latest developments in Unified Communications is through the use of educational online seminars," said Eric Knapf, Co-Chair of VoiceCon and Editor of Business Communications Review. "With VoiceCon webinars, users are given access to objective, technically rich, reliable information that is delivered to the desktop in a convenient format that allows for user participation without having to leave the office."

This AVST-sponsored webinar is geared toward the information technology (IT manager) and chief technology officer (CTO) and will be moderated by Eric Krapf, Co-Chair of VoiceCon and Editor of Business Communications Review. Panelists include Hardy Myers, President & CEO of AVST and Irwin Lazar, Principal Analyst & Program Director, Collaboration and Convergence, Nemertes Research.

"We recognize that many users are waiting to implement UC applications, but due to a lack of know how and misconceptions, they are not sure where to turn," said AVST's Vice President of Marketing, Denny Michael. "As part of our continuing educational outreach program, we have developed this webinar to help provide end users with the facts about UC; giving them the tools necessary to make an informed decision to then begin enjoying the benefits of the technology now."

To register for the "Unified Communications: Myth vs. Reality" webinar, please visit: for more information.

About AVST

Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a leading developer of communications solutions for businesses of all sizes. Through its world-class unified communications platform, CallXpress®, AVST offers the industry's most powerful suite of second generation communications solutions including advanced call processing, voice messaging, unified messaging, fax, notification, and speech-enabled personal assistant (including automated attendant and hands-free mobile worker access).

The CallXpress unified communications platform is designed to facilitate the enterprise migration from legacy TDM call processing and voice mail solutions to IP-enabled unified communications by delivering the interoperability, scalability, feature depth and flexibility, and administrative capabilities that enterprise IT and Telecom teams are demanding.

Headquartered in Orange County, Calif., AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, Wash. and the United Kingdom and has remote sales offices across the United States. With over 40,000 systems installed worldwide, AVST's unified communications solutions are sold and supported internationally by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners. For more information contact Denny Michael, Vice President of Marketing, at 949-699-2300 or access the company's website at

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