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Government Agencies and Educational Institutions Reap Benefits of AVST's Cooperative Purchasing State Contracts

This Week at Texas DIR Connect Expo, AVST Showcases Industry's Most Interoperable Unified Communications Platform

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 05/28/14 -- With its continued commitment to serve the government and education sectors, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is on-hand this week at the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) Connect Technology Expo in Austin. AVST will showcase CX-E, the industry's most interoperable Unified Communications (UC) software platform at the annual event and will be located at booth #101.

DIR Connect brings DIR contracted technology vendors together with IT and purchasing staff from state agencies, local and county government, K-12 and higher education to raise awareness about all of DIR's key program areas including co-op contracts, data center services, communications technology services, security and Texas.gov. At the event, AVST will share case studies and best practices for rolling out a UC solution.

Texas DIR is one of several awarded cooperative purchasing government and educational institution contracts that AVST has in place for purchasing its UC solution. From the GSA (U.S. General Services Administration), to several state agencies including CMAS in California, Ohio State Schedule, NY OGS, and COSTARS and PEPPM in Pennsylvania, AVST has established these contracts to ensure a streamlined purchasing process for government and educational institutions.

According to Denny Michael, AVST Vice President of Marketing, "Government agencies and educational institutions are a key focus for AVST. We have more than 1,400 federal, state and local government entities and 1,100 educational institutions using our UC platform today. We provide these broadly-recognized contracts to optimize the often lengthy procurement process. In addition, we have tailored our UC platform to meet the communications needs of these entities as they look for solutions that will help them modernize their infrastructure and improve their processes and productivity to better service the public."

With the belief that interoperability is paramount to the success of any UC deployment, AVST designed CX-E from the ground up to support the collection of technologies from multiple vendors that comprise enterprise communications landscapes today. CX-E connects existing systems with new technologies for improved productivity. Its productivity-enhancing applications include unified messaging; speech recognition; context-aware personal assistant; mobile client; automated attendant; call processing; voicemail; fax; notification and other business process integration capabilities.

In a recent thought leadership blog, AVST President & CEO Hardy Myers discusses opportunities for UC companies that are currently serving government entities. For more information about AVST's products, visit the company's website at www.avst.com.

About AVST
The typical enterprise communications infrastructure is made up of a collection of technologies from multiple vendors, acquired over time and never intended to work together. To maximize user and business productivity, while leveraging existing IT investments, interoperability is a must.

AVST delivers the industry's most interoperable Unified Communications (UC) platform that brings best-of-breed voice, mobility and business process applications to the enterprise. Unlike virtually every other UC vendor, AVST does not constrain customers with a single vendor lock-in approach. In fact, it's the very opposite. By connecting new and existing technologies, AVST frees organizations from the constraints of a closed, single-source UC solution, unlocking the full potential of their communications infrastructure.

With over 15 million users worldwide and three decades of innovation excellence, AVST is unifying communications®.

Headquartered in Orange County, Calif., AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, Washington, Victoria B.C., Canada and 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, YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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