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Ten Steps to Building an Affordable, Reliable Unified Communications Infrastructure

Educational Webinar from AVST Addresses the Migration to Unified Messaging for the Higher Education Market

Foothill Ranch, Calif., March 13, 2007 – Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) has teamed with Campus Technology to offer IT decision-makers in the higher education marketplace a new educational webinar that addresses the migration from legacy messaging platforms to second generation unified communications (UC) solutions.  The webinar, titled “Ten Steps for Building an Affordable, Reliable Unified Communications Infrastructure,” will take place at 11:00 a.m. PDT / 2:00 p.m. EDT on March 22, 2007.

As students, faculty and staff move rapidly into a world of converged services and devices, their expectations about having messaging and communication at their fingertips – no matter what device they are using – may surpass a campus’ ability to deliver.  Most higher education campuses are served by legacy communications and messaging systems that are long overdue for replacement or upgrade.  Moreover, there may be a number of disparate systems involved, and the prospect of a “rip and replace” IP telephony initiative is not only overwhelming, but also unaffordable. 

According to AVST, there is an easier and less costly way to grow a communications infrastructure.  “The move to unified communications does not have to be painful and expensive,” said AVST’s Vice President of Marketing, Denny Michael.  “A phased migration from legacy communications to a comprehensive UC infrastructure can be achieved without replacing existing technology.  In addition, students, faculty and staff can be operational without tedious training and unproductive transition periods.”

This latest AVST-sponsored webinar will be moderated by Matt Villano, Senior Contributing Editor at Campus Technology.  Panelists include Hardy Myers, President and CEO of AVST, and Dave Tindall, Associate Vice President Technology Services, Seattle Pacific University.  Attendees to the webinar will gain valuable information including::

  • When to replace legacy telephony infrastructure, such as Octel® Aria and Serenade®(VMX) and Mitel® NuPoint with Centigram interface;  
  • How to leverage your existing communications infrastructure in your UC strategy; 
  • How to migrate to UC without migrating to IP telephony; 
  • How to reduce maintenance costs, eliminate time-consuming tasks and provide a higher level of service to your students, faculty and staff. 

From small school districts to large colleges and university departments, AVST has been transforming learning environments with its CallXpress® unified communications platform for 25 years.  CallXpress delivers world-class call processing, voice messaging, unified messaging and advanced speech applications to help organizations become more productive.  Users can manage voice, fax and e-mail messages from any location at any time—via laptop, telephone, cell phone or the Internet.  The platform, which easily integrates with most legacy voice mail systems as well as the latest IP systems, was developed to offer quick and painless conversions to next generation technology through speedy implementation, simple administration and maintenance, and user interface emulations that are already familiar to users and result in minimal training.

To register for the “Ten Steps for Building an Affordable, Reliable Unified Communications Infrastructure” webinar, please visit: http://www.avst.com/r/campustech3.asp.  The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the Campus Technology website.

About AVST

With more than 35 years of continuous innovation, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a trusted developer of software-based, enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) solutions.

Our mission is to design, deliver and support communications solutions that transform the productivity of individual workers, teams and enterprises while leveraging the value of their existing and evolving IT infrastructure.

Thousands of businesses worldwide rely on AVST's advanced voice, mobility, team communications and business process UC solutions to meet their mission-critical communications requirements. The world-class interoperability and flexibility of AVST's UC platform provides a future-proofed bridge to their digital future.

Headquartered in Orange County, California, AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, Washington, Victoria B.C., Canada, 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 www.avst.com or you can follow us at Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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