April 16, 2015 10:00 ET

AVST Leads Unified Communications Discussion During ACUTA Annual Conference

UC Analyst Offers Insight on Top Vendors and Benefits of an Interoperable IT Environment

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - Apr 16, 2015) - Next week at the ACUTA Annual Conference & Exhibition, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST), a leading provider of best-of-breed Unified Communications (UC) software, will spearhead a research-driven discussion on technology leaders impacting the higher education sector today. More than 1,100 educational institutions rely on AVST's UC solutions.

AVST President & CEO Hardy Myers along with longtime UC industry analyst Jay Lassman will conduct the ACUTA joint presentation, "Impactful UC Players in 2015," Monday, April 20, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. (Eastern). The interactive discussion follows the recent release of Lassman's research paper, "Top Vendors Impacting the UC Landscape," in which he identifies the major UC vendors in the market today and why organizations -- including colleges and universities -- are embracing a multi-vendor approach. As a respected UC analyst, Lassman has more than 25 years of industry experience, including 14+ years with Gartner, Inc.

"Judiciously choosing products from multiple vendors enables organizations to benefit from an increased variety of capabilities that can deliver improved performance and a better UC experience for users," Lassman writes in his research report. "AVST's UC applications integrate with virtually any UC core platform from vendors such as Avaya, Alcatel-Lucent, BroadSoft, Cisco, Genband, Microsoft, NEC, Mitel, ShoreTel and Unify, while providing scalability and functionality that satisfy the requirements of small and mid-size organizations, Fortune 500 companies and top institutions."

AVST delivers best-of-breed UC applications including: unified messaging; speech recognition; Atom®, a context-aware personal assistant; mobile client for iPhone and Android; automated attendant; call processing; voicemail; TeamQ™, an informal call center; fax; notification and other business process capabilities.

The 44th annual ACUTA conference takes place at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, April 19-22. In addition to presenting during the event, AVST will also be exhibiting on the show floor in booth #601.

ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and universities. Representing over 1,900 individuals at more than 600 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 the organization for more than a decade.

"We have built a loyal following of more than 1,100 top-tier educational institutions, making this sector an area of critical focus for our business," said AVST Vice President of Marketing Denny Michael. "We continue to support the mission of ACUTA and its members who trust AVST to bridge them to their digital future." 

For more information about AVST's products, visit the company's website at

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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