[October 02, 2003]
SandCherry Rolls Out AppDev VXML Voice Application Development ToolSandCherry, Inc., a provider of software for cost-effectively developing, testing and deploying advanced speech-enabled services, announces the availability of AppDev VXML, an integrated voice-application development tool designed for BEA's WebLogic Workshop 8.1. AppDev VXML reduces the time, effort and complexity of building a speech application by reusing the same underlying business logic and data integration implemented for a Web application.
Combining BEA's Workshop, SandCherry's AppDev VXML and AppTuner(tm) tools, and speech components from leading vendors provides a complete standalone development and test environment for Voice eXtensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) 2.0 compliant applications with GRXML grammars. Using SandCherry's SoftPhone(tm) component, developers can test applications on a laptop, PC or server without the burden and expense of installing or configuring telephony hardware to access the application.
Unlike other solutions requiring entirely new business logic and data integration for a speech application, AppDev VXML simply adds a new voice-based presentation layer. Changes to business logic or data integration simultaneously update both Web and speech applications, reducing ongoing application maintenance costs.
AppDev VXML can be purchased individually for use with a company's existing SoftServer(tm) platform or AppTuner tool, or as part of a complete speech application development toolkit including AppDev VXML, the AppTuner tool and ScanSoft's SpeechWorks Open Speech Recognizer(tm) and Speechify(tm) text-to-speech components. WebLogic Workshop is required to use AppDev VXML. A free 30-day trial using any of these products is available at http://www.sandcherry.com.