|Headquarters||Foothill Ranch, California|
|Key people||Hardy Myers (President & CEO)|
|Products||Unified Communications Solutions|
Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a privately held software company in the telecommunication industry, headquartered in Orange County, California. It specializes in developing business-level communications solutions focusing on medium to large enterprise, government, higher education and healthcare markets.
The company is known for its primary product, a speech-enabled unified communications platform, called CallXpress. It includes advanced call processing, voicemail, unified messaging, personal assistant, fax, speech, and notification capabilities. AVST is one of the few switch independent developers of unified messaging/unified communications solutions.
The company's history goes back to the 1980s when the first versions of Intel server based voice messaging and call processing systems were released. CallXpress originated from Applied Voice Technology (AVT) which later became Captaris, Inc. In 2003, Sound Advantage purchased the CallXpress Voicemail and Unified Messaging product line from Captaris and this merger of technologies became a new entity called Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST). The acquisition included the retention of key products and technology as well as the entire product engineering, support and sales teams. AVST was established in September 2003 by the merger of Sound Advantage (established in 1997) and the AVT division (established in 1982) of Captaris, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAPA).
The first AVST release, CallXpress 7.0, was in April 2004. Frost & Sullivan recognized AVST with the 2004 Entrepreneurial Company Award for its sound marketing strategy and identification of a new and exceptional product solution. In September 2004, AVST announced further validation of its strength in the market by procuring $10 million in new funding from Ignition Partners and Dolphin Equity Partners. Shortly after, in November 2004, AVST introduced CallXpress 7.5 which provided the Centigram telephone user interface emulation. CallXpress 7.5 also offered user administration via Microsoft Active Directory and SMTP message notification.
In 2005, AVST expanded worldwide by adding 30 new resellers to its list of channel partners. Some of the significant partnerships include Shared Technologies and NetVersant. In May 2005, the company released another version of its product, CallXpress 7.7, which emulated the Octel Serenade (VMX) telephone user interface. CallXpress 7.7 received the Frost & Sullivan 2005 Product Differentiation Innovation Award for the North American enterprise voice and unified messaging solutions market.
In 2006, VARBusiness awarded AVST with Five Star Partner Program Winner for its innovative Marketing in a Box (MIB) program, which enables resellers to brand their AVST business through effective communication with customers and prospects. Version 7.8 of CallXpress was released on June 2006. It emulated the Avaya Intuity Audix user interface.
In February 2007, AVST made a contribution to market awareness with the launch of a unified messaging educational website. This website is an information portal containing white papers, industry research, videos, case studies and recent industry news on unified messaging and unified communications. The site is being hosted by ITworld.com and AVST is being its sponsor.
In June 2007, the company unveils CallXpress 7.9 that offered four types (called the four flavors) of unified messaging: server-based; client-based; secure and simplified. To assist the easy acquisition of complete solutions for businesses of any size, in August 2007, AVST introduced the CallXpress Speed Bundles. The solution was designed to support the small to medium business (SMB) marketplace.
In 2008, AVST was named the top Unified Messaging Provider according to COMMfusion report. The company was identified as having the most complete UM solution. At the end of 2008, the company's product was enhanced with the speech-to-text feature (STT).
In March 2009, AVST shipped CallXpress 8.0 to provide a fault tolerant system through its multi-server architecture. The solution also delivered Neverfail continuous availability and disaster recovery deployment options.
In 2010, AVST acquired Active Voice, a division of NEC Corporation of America. NEC became AVST's OEM partner, integrating CallXpress 8.0 Unified Communications platform with NEC's IP telephony and Unified Communications solutions.
AVST is a privately owned company. Company's major institutional investors are Ignition Partners, Seattle, Washington and Dolphin Equity Partners, New York. Captaris, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAPA) and Escalate Capital Partners are minority shareholders.
Since September 2003, AVST is under the leadership of the President & CEO, Hardy Myers. The company's Board of Directors is in charge of supervising the strategic direction, business, operations and organizational structure of AVST. Current members of The Board of Directors of AVST are: Steve Hooper, Pat Howard, Dennis O'Connell, and Charles Stevens.
All of AVST's sales are realized through indirect channels. Company's Unified Communications solutions are sold and supported by a network of resellers and OEM partners including Advanced Call Processing, Altura Communications Solutions, Black Box Network Services, Cincinnati Bell Inc., NEC, Qwest Communications, Shared Technologies, Verizon Business, Westcon Group, and Aastra AB. The company has strong ties with IBM.
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