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AVST and Ziff Davis Media Join Forces to Discuss the Technology Roadmap for Enterprise Communications
[August 09, 2004]

AVST and Ziff Davis Media Join Forces to Discuss the Technology Roadmap for Enterprise Communications

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Aug. 9, 2004 -- In an ongoing effort to educate enterprise executives on the benefits of evolving from a first generation legacy voice mail system to a robust second generation unified communications platform, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies Inc. (AVST) and Ziff Davis Media have joined forces to present a live Web-based eSeminar titled "Moving Voice Mail Into the 21st Century" at 12:30 p.m. Eastern / 9:30 a.m. Pacific on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004.

Targeted to enterprise-level CTO's, CIO's and IT managers, this 30-minute eSeminar, the second in a series of events hosted jointly by AVST and Ziff Davis Media, provides an open forum for dialogue that enables industry leaders to gain a deeper understanding of the options available to them as they develop next generation communications strategies.

"This eSeminar provides us with a venue to explore the variety of ways that companies can take advantage of newer technologies and advancements in unified communications that can result in improved customer service, better return on investment, and a significant competitive advantage," said Denny Michael, AVST's vice president of marketing. "Next generation communications solutions provide valuable connections with clients, customers, and suppliers. This eSeminar will address the best ways to assess needs, evaluate options and map out a technology roadmap that advances an enterprise's communications infrastructure."

The eSeminar begins with a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute Q&A session. The presentation includes a real-life case study describing how AVST's unified communications solution positively impacted the operations of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, an international law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers across the United States, Europe and Asia. The case study will highlight the issues facing the firm, which had an obsolete first generation voice mail system, how the firm evaluated, acquired and implemented a second generation communications solution, and the financial impact of their decision. Online seminar speakers include:

-- Randy Burkart, director of IS Programs at Weil, Gotshal & Manges

-- Frank Derfler, VP, Market Experts Group of Ziff Davis Media

-- Hardy Myers, president and CEO of Applied Voice & Speech Technologies Inc. (AVST)

Those who attend this eSeminar will learn:

-- How to replace existing outdated voice mail and auto attendant systems with state-of-the-art communications solutions regardless of the PBX or telephone system

-- The differences between voice mail and unified communications

-- How to leverage near-term tax benefits when acquiring new technology

-- How to meet the needs of new "hands-free" laws and regulations

To register for this free, online seminar, please visit:

About AVST

Applied Voice & Speech Technologies Inc. (AVST) is a leading developer of enterprise communications solutions for businesses of all sizes. Through its world-class unified communications platform, CallXpress(R), and its innovative speech application module, Seneca(TM), AVST offers the industry's most powerful suite of enterprise communications solutions. AVST's solutions enable direct access to an enterprise's communications infrastructure including voice mail, e-mail and fax messaging from any voice or data device via a touch-tone, GUI or speech interface. Established in September 2003, AVST was formed from the combined businesses of Sound Advantage (established in 1997) and the CallXpress division (established in 1982) of Captaris Inc.

With headquarters in Foothill Ranch, AVST maintains facilities in Bellevue, Wash., and the United Kingdom and has remote sales offices across the United States. With over 34,000 systems installed worldwide, AVST's communications solutions are sold and supported internationally by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners. For more information contact Denny Michael, VP of marketing at 949-699-2300 or access the company's Web site at

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