AVST Hosts Educational Webinar on Developing a Strategic Migration Path to Unified Communications

Webinar Identifies Legacy Voice Mail Systems as Corporate Catalyst for Moving to Next-Generation Platforms

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., June 17, 2008Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) today announced that it has teamed with Ziff Davis Enterprise eSeminars to deliver an educational Webinar titled, “Is Now the Time for Unified Communications? Voice Mail Upgrades May Tip the Scales." The Webinar will take place this week on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. PDT. 

There's a seemingly endless list of ways businesses communicate today, including Voice over IP (VoIP), Web conferencing, Instant Messaging (IM), and a host of ways to electronically send messages whether text, voice or multimedia. For many organizations, the need to move to a Unified Communications solution has been accelerated by the need to replace or upgrade a legacy voice mail system.  Migrating to Unified Communications provides benefits over building an entirely new infrastructure to solve communications problems, including lower initial cost, asset retention, reduced risk, shorter implementation time and a shorter learning curve for staff, users and implementers.  Understanding the practical steps that corporations can take to make Unified Communications a bottom-line benefit is critical to developing a solid migration platform.

This educational Webinar will emphasize how taking a unified approach to communications can add value throughout a corporate enterprise.  Additionally, attendees will learn how leading-edge companies are already using Unified Communications to enhance collaboration within and outside the corporate firewall and learn best practices first hand from industry experts.

“There remain many misconceptions about what Unified Communications is - and is not,” said Denny Michael, AVST’s Vice President of Marketing.  “As a recognized industry leader with over 25 years of experience, we have developed a series of educational Webinars to help attendees understand that moving to Unified Communications can take a phased approach.  Our Webinars provide users with tips for migrating from legacy voice mail to Unified Communications and highlight real user experiences with advice for avoiding the common pitfalls."

The Webinar will be moderated by Michael Krieger who serves as the Vice President of the Market Experts Group, a division of Ziff Davis Enterprise. The Webinar will also feature Christopher T. Miller, Senior Director, Business Applications of Accenture, as well as Irwin Lazar, Principal Analyst & Program Director, Convergence & Collaboration for Nemertes Research and Mike Berlin, Vice President of Sales & Business for AVST. This panel of industry experts will share best practices for deploying a UC solution.

To register for the "Is Now the Time for Unified Communications? Voice Mail Upgrades May Tip the Scales," Webinar please visit: http://www.avst.com/r/ziff1.asp.  Webinar attendees who complete a post-event survey will be entered to win an 8GB iPod Touch.

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.

About XMedius

XMedius is a global leader in the field of enterprise communications solutions. Its suite of enterprise-grade on-premises and cloud communications solutions enable businesses to benefit from secure and unified communication as well as to exchange sensitive and confidential data that meets and exceeds industry regulatory compliance requirements. Based in Montreal (Canada) with offices in Seattle (USA) and Paris (France), the company serves businesses, enterprises and service providers through a global team of customer focused employees. Its solutions are deployed worldwide in over 17,500 locations across education, financial, government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and legal services sectors. For more information about XMedius and its solutions, visit www.xmedius.com.


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