AVST Celebrates 25 Years
It's hard to imagine how the marketplace has changed in 25 years. Hardy Myers, CEO of AVST announced the company's 25th anniversary yesterday. AVST is the result of a 2003 business combination of Sound Advantage and AVT division of Captaris (NASDAQ: CAPA). Captaris is focused on fax servers and document management systems.
Along with a history of product innovations (first with an Intel-based call processing and voice messaging platform, first with Windows solution and extensive innovations around speech-enabled auto attendant, IVR with messaging, personal assistant) designed for extending the enterprise telephony investment into a personal productivity tool.
AVST has most significantly, built up an extensive reseller network that includes the premier enterprise telephony resellers: BlackBox, Shared Technologies, Ericsson and VerizonBusiness. The independent capabilities of their offering (works with wide array of enterprise IP and legacy telephony equipment vendors) assures a unique and credible market space for them. I would expect though, that the company will continue to feed this channel with new products either bought or made to exploit the integration of communications with business processes.
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