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London, February 24, 2005 – Continuing the effort to educate enterprise executives on the benefits of evolving from legacy voice mail systems to robust next generation solutions, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) and Ziff Davis Media will present a live Web-based eSeminar titled “Seven Easy Steps to Develop an Enterprise Communications Strategy” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2005. AVST are continually evolving new ways as part of the drive to encourage more interest in this important topic. To fit in with busy executives this can be viewed at any convenient time after March 2nd at in the Past Events section.

Targeted to enterprise-level CTO’s, CIO’s and IT managers, the 30-minute eSeminar is the fourth in a series of events hosted jointly by AVST and Ziff Davis Media. Its goal is to provide an open forum for dialogue that enables industry leaders to gain a deeper understanding of the need to replace outdated voice mail systems and the options available to them as they explore next generation communications strategies.

“The convergence of technologies that allow for greater access and mobility in the workplace has driven enterprises to an important transition point in the evolution of their communications infrastructure,” said Denny Michael, AVST’s vice president of marketing. “This eSeminar provides a venue to explore the variety of ways that companies can meet current communications requirements by making the move to next generation solutions that include unified messaging, speech-enabled applications and unified communications capabilities.”

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 communications solutions positively impacted the operations of CENTURY 21 Automated Real Estate Center. The case study will highlight how the firm implemented an advanced communications solution, and how it has increased agent productivity and customer relations as well as affected the company’s bottom line. Speakers include:

- Mike Crowley, Regional Vice President of CENTURY 21 Automated Real Estate Center
- Frank Derfler, VP, Market Experts Group of Ziff Davis Media
- Hardy Myers, President and CEO of AVST

Those who attend this eSeminar will learn:
- Seven steps you should take to develop an enterprise communications strategy
- How a unified communications solution can improve productivity and extend your competitive advantage
- How businesses of all sizes today are embracing unified communications to solve real business problems.

Attendees will also receive a Ziff Davis produced white paper titled "Building an Enterprise Communications Strategy Beyond Voice Mail." To register for this free, online seminar, please visit:

If you are unable to view the eseminar or would rather discuss the benefits of reselling the AVST solutions please contact Paul Donaldson on 01676 531180 or email

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®, and its innovative speech applications module, Seneca®, 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, email 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 AVT division (established in 1982) of Captaris, Inc.

Headquartered in Orange County, CA, AVST maintains facilities in Bellevue, WA 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 Paul Donaldson, UK Regional Director, at 01676 531180 or access the company's website at

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Susan Woollard
07796 698000

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