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AVST to Sponsor Worldwide Messaging Consortium; Enterprise Communications Solutions Leader Joins International Association of Messaging Professionals - IAMP
[July 15, 2004]

AVST to Sponsor Worldwide Messaging Consortium; Enterprise Communications Solutions Leader Joins International Association of Messaging Professionals - IAMP

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- July 15, 2004 -- Demonstrating its commitment to the enterprise communications market, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies Inc. (AVST), a leading provider of second generation communications solutions for the enterprise market, announced today that it has become the newest sponsor of the International Association of Messaging Professionals (IAMP).

IAMP is an independent association of technology professionals that focuses on the evolving world of enterprise communications solutions, including voice messaging and unified messaging. IAMP's primary objective is membership education, which is accomplished by gathering and reporting industry news and technical information, sponsoring local member events and discussion groups, and conducting an annual conference that will be held in Coral Gables, Fla. in October 2004.

AVST's history in enterprise communications began in 1982 with the deployment of its first generation solutions coinciding with the rapid growth of the voice messaging and call processing industry. Over the past two decades, the company has continued to enhance the capabilities and capacity of its flagship product, CallXpress(R), while remaining committed to providing best-of-breed communications solutions that meet the requirements of medium and large enterprises for seamless operation in heterogeneous switch environments. Industry analyst firm Frost & Sullivan recently awarded AVST the 2004 Entrepreneurial Company Award, naming CallXpress one of the top speech-enabled messaging products in the North American market.

"IAMP members represent a premier group of enterprise technology professionals and AVST is proud to align itself with this group by becoming IAMP's newest sponsor," said Hardy Myers, president and CEO of AVST. "As a company, we look forward to contributing our collective expertise in support of IAMP's educational objectives while gaining insight from the IAMP membership on how they see enterprise communications evolving."

"Speaking for the entire IAMP Board and membership base, we are pleased to have AVST as our newest sponsor and look forward to their contribution to IAMP's educational objectives through their participation in our local and national conferences, as well as by providing educational and technical information for posting on our members only Web site," said Kyle Honadel, president of IAMP.

About IAMP

Incorporated as a professional organization in 1990, the International Association of Messaging Professionals (IAMP) is an "education focused" not-for-profit organization comprised of voice and data professionals that manage mission critical, enterprise communications solutions like voice messaging and unified messaging. IAMP's membership includes 350 of the largest messaging users in the world including multinational and Fortune 1000 companies, as well as single site and large campus concerns.

IAMP provides many benefits to its members including:

-- The latest information on service affecting conditions, software patches, bug fixes, upgrades, etc.;

-- Access to certificate-based product and industry training;

-- Access to a members only Web site which includes surveys, a message board, articles on industry and product direction, announcements pertaining to enterprise messaging systems, and IAMP Board contacts;

-- A national conference held annually that provides an excellent working forum for the exchange of ideas and information sharing between members and IAMP's major sponsors.

The 2004 Annual IAMP Conference will be held in Coral Gables, from Oct. 17-21, 2004. For more information regarding the conference, contact IAMP at 612-667-7400. For more information regarding membership, contact IAMP at 816-413-5160 or access the IAMP Web site at

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 applications 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 voicemail, 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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