June 17, 2008 10:00 ET

AVST Hosts Educational Webinar on Developing a Strategic Migration Path to Unified Communications

Webinar Identifies Legacy Voice Mail Systems as Corporate Catalyst for Moving to Next-Generation Platforms

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) today announced that it has teamed with Ziff Davis Enterprise eSeminars to deliver an educational Webinar titled, "Is Now the Time for Unified Communications? Voice Mail Upgrades May Tip the Scales." The Webinar will take place this week on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. PDT.

There's a seemingly endless list of ways businesses communicate today, including Voice over IP (VoIP), Web conferencing, Instant Messaging (IM), and a host of ways to electronically send messages whether text, voice or multimedia. For many organizations, the need to move to a Unified Communications solution has been accelerated by the need to replace or upgrade a legacy voice mail system. Migrating to Unified Communications provides benefits over building an entirely new infrastructure to solve communications problems, including lower initial cost, asset retention, reduced risk, shorter implementation time and a shorter learning curve for staff, users and implementers. Understanding the practical steps that corporations can take to make Unified Communications a bottom-line benefit is critical to developing a solid migration platform.

This educational Webinar will emphasize how taking a unified approach to communications can add value throughout a corporate enterprise. Additionally, attendees will learn how leading-edge companies are already using Unified Communications to enhance collaboration within and outside the corporate firewall and learn best practices first hand from industry experts.

"There remain many misconceptions about what Unified Communications is -- and is not," said Denny Michael, AVST's Vice President of Marketing. "As a recognized industry leader with over 25 years of experience, we have developed a series of educational Webinars to help attendees understand that moving to Unified Communications can take a phased approach. Our Webinars provide users with tips for migrating from legacy voice mail to Unified Communications and highlight real user experiences with advice for avoiding the common pitfalls."

The Webinar will be moderated by Michael Krieger who serves as the Vice President of the Market Experts Group, a division of Ziff Davis Enterprise. The Webinar will also feature Christopher T. Miller, Senior Director, Business Applications of Accenture, as well as Irwin Lazar, Principal Analyst & Program Director, Convergence & Collaboration for Nemertes Research and Mike Berlin, Vice President of Sales & Business for AVST. This panel of industry experts will share best practices for deploying a UC solution.

To register for the "Is Now the Time for Unified Communications? Voice Mail Upgrades May Tip the Scales," Webinar please visit: Webinar attendees who complete a post-event survey will be entered to win an 8GB iPod Touch.

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 more than 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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