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Amerisure Dials Up CallXpress from AVST

Leading Insurance Company Replaces End of Life Avaya Voicemail System; Deploys Private Cloud Communications to Increase Efficiency

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., April 27, 2011 – Communications solutions innovator Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) today announced that its flagship Unified Communications solution, CallXpress® 8, has been selected by Amerisure Insurance as its new communications platform.

In business for nearly 100 years, Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company is one of the nation’s leading regional property and casualty insurance companies. When the Avaya® INTUITY™ Audix® equipment being used by Amerisure was reaching end of life, the company turned to its trusted communications partner Techmode for guidance. With Amerisure’s 675 employees spread out across the country in 11 Core Service Centers, the company required a centralized solution that was easy to manage and maintain – while at the same time meeting the mission critical business needs of a large workforce that needed to stay connected on the go.

Lori Wodrich, Voice Communication Analyst for Amerisure, noted that, “Amerisure differentiates itself on our exceptional customer service; in order to maintain this level of service our employees must be able to respond to anything, from anywhere and at a moment’s notice.  CallXpress has greatly increased the mobility and efficiency of our workforce through unified messaging.  Our employees rapidly embraced the unified messaging functionality in CallXpress and reported they hope to never go back to the old way of conducting business.  Unified messaging has spoiled them!”

Another key factor in Amerisure’s selection of CallXpress was the flexible unified messaging storage options it provides. According to Techmode’s President Matt Look, “The flexibility provided by CallXpress was a great fit for Amerisure.  In a typical unified messaging scenario, a company chooses in advance where messages will be stored – either on the voicemail server or email server. To change that designation in the future would incur a huge expense - and disrupt service as well. Unified messaging from CallXpress provides a choice of message store on a user by user basis, and gives the IT administrator the opportunity to easily change this designation in the future.”

Today, the Amerisure AVST network consists of a main site in Farmington Hills, Michigan and 4 remote facilities located across the United States. CallXpress handles more than 16,000 calls per month across the 5 sites.  “CallXpress 8 provides us with the perfect private cloud architecture, including survivability,” continued Wodrich.  “The ability to have a centralized server at our main site and remote survivable Call Servers across four of our other offices provides us with a highly resilient communications platform. Because this architecture has been so successful, our intent is to migrate other locations as well.”  With the CallXpress platform, Amerisure has deployed a highly survivable messaging solution within their private cloud that assures security and disaster recovery. Additionally, Amerisure now has the ability to implement virtualization through VMware® vSphere™ 4 - which CallXpress supports.

CallXpress® provides what companies need to keep up-to-date with the ever-changing world of the communications market by delivering best-of-breed UC applications that include unified messaging, call processing, voicemail, speech and personal assistant – all on a highly survivable and interoperable platform. CallXpress helps IT organizations maintain maximum flexibility to respond to evolving communications requirements while maximizing productivity and minimizing investment.

 “CallXpress was designed to interoperate with the existing infrastructure of any business in any industry,” said Denny Michael, AVST Vice President of Marketing.  “In CallXpress, Amerisure has found the perfect answer to seamlessly replacing their aging legacy message system, while enabling high mobility for its workforce and a centralized private cloud deployment to provide cost savings.”

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About Amerisure

Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company, a stock insurer, is a property and casualty insurance group with experience insuring American businesses since 1912. Amerisure targets mid-sized commercial enterprises in manufacturing, construction and healthcare through strategically located Core Service Centers across the United States. For more information, visit www.amerisure.com.

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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