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Avaya Speakers at VoiceCon 2003 Outline Strategies For EvolvingEnterprise Communications and Driving Business Results ThroughConvergence

02-10-2003
  • Network Security, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and InternetProtocol (IP) Migration Among Topics Addressed by Avaya Executivesat Leading Industry Event

Today's businesses are demanding more from their enterprisecommunications, as IP telephony and convergence open doors togreater employee productivity, mobility and cost-savings that canimprove business results. Yet as today's decision-makers take stepstoward evolving their enterprise networks, many questions remain:What is the best strategy for cost-effectively evolving to InternetProtocol (IP) telephony? What security mechanisms exist to protectconverged networks? And how can converged communications benefit anincreasingly mobile workforce?

Today's businesses are demanding more from their enterprisecommunications, as IP telephony and convergence open doors togreater employee productivity, mobility and cost-savings that canimprove business results. Yet as today's decision-makers take stepstoward evolving their enterprise networks, many questions remain:What is the best strategy for cost-effectively evolving to InternetProtocol (IP) telephony? What security mechanisms exist to protectconverged networks? And how can converged communications benefit anincreasingly mobile workforce?

Avaya (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of communicationsnetworks and services for businesses, will address these and otherquestions head-on at the VoiceCon 2003 Conference, taking placeFebruary 17-20, 2003 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel inWashington, DC. Executives from Avaya (VoiceCon exhibitor booth #305) will share their ideas and expertise in sessions designed tohelp decision-makers better understand and apply strategies to helpthem choose the right path toward convergence.

Network security will be the focus of "The Great Debate:Is Enterprise VoIP Secure Enough for Deployment Today?"taking place on Tuesday, February 18, from 1:45-3: 00 p.m.Spearheaded by Avaya's Karyn Mashima, senior vice president ofstrategy and technology, and Lee Sutterfield, CEO of SecureLogix,The Great Debate will explore the latest security trends in IPtelephony — and their impact on today's businesses. Avaya's Mashimawill argue that businesses can indeed migrate to IP telephony withconfidence that their converged communication applications aresecure.

"As more businesses evolve toward a converged environment, theymust address security concerns as a top priority, and take steps toprotect their organizations from security breaches," said Mashima."Avaya helps organizations defend against vulnerabilities through aproactive approach to security, with technology and applicationsengineered to protect enterprise information and communications.Through the Avaya Enterprise Security Practice — and solutionspowered by Avaya MultiVantage software — we provide businesses witha comprehensive internal/external approach that extends networksecurity throughout an organization ensuring a safe, secureevolution to IP telephony."

Strategies for evolving enterprise communications to IPtelephony will be shared in "Migrating Legacy PBXs toIP," featuring Jorge Blanco, Avaya's vice president,product & solutions marketing, Converged Systems &Applications Group. In this executive discussion, Blanco willexplain how businesses can effectively choose an IP telephonyroadmap that makes the most sense for them. This event occursWednesday, February 19, 8:00-9:15 a.m.

"Avaya offers organizations a strategic approach to convergedcommunications based on choice, either through an IP evolution ofan existing network, or through the implementation of newconvergence applications and equipment," said Blanco. "Ourapproach, which is based on an open-standards, multi-vendorenvironment, enables businesses to take advantage of best-in-breedcommunications applications and equipment, and raise theirenterprise communications to a new level of productivity andcost-savings."

Other VoiceCon 2003 sessions featuring Avaya leadersinclude:
The Executive Forum — Voice Networking: Who Should YouTrust?
Micky Tsui, Avaya's vice president and general manager, ConvergedSystems pision, will participate in this panel featuringexecutives from several leading voice networking equipment vendors,who will discuss today's communications market and productrealities. They will specifically describe how they are planning tooperate in an environment where open systems prevail and IP rulesand converged networks are priority number one. How committed aretoday's vendors to IP? Find out on Thursday, February 20,9:30-10:45 a.m.

Multi-site Networking I: Connecting to Remote Sites
Mack Leathurby, director, Converged Systems Portfolio marketing,Avaya, will join in a discussion of one of the most importantcapabilities of IP telephony — the ability to distributecommunications wherever needed. With organizations facing thechallenge of connecting high-quality service to remote offices andbranch locations, this session will explore the options associatedwith IP architectures. When: Tuesday, February 18, 8:00-9:15am.

Power of Contextual-based Enterprise Communications
Venkatesh Krishnaswamy, director, and David G. Boyer, researchscientist, both from Avaya Labs, will showcase convergedapplications and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) technologiesthat enable enterprises to react to emergencies, workflowexceptions and other critical events rapidly and with improvedcoordination. This demo will include an instant conferencingbusiness scenario that gathers the right people, at the right time,with the right information. Avaya's presence-enabled applicationsand web-capable SIP phones will be shown as well. When: Wednesday,February 19, at 1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Additional Avaya Exhibit Information
Avaya will be located on the exhibit floor, at Booth #305,showcasing applications and equipment from its Enterprise Class IPSolutions (ECLIPS) portfolio, which brings the functionality,scalability and reliability of voice communications to InternetProtocol (IP) networks. Included are: field-proven AvayaMultiVantage™ Software, based on an open-standards, multi-vendorenvironment; Avaya media gateways and servers; and Avaya features,applications and devices such as the Avaya™ IP Softphone for PocketPC, the Avaya™ 4630 IP Screenphone and the Avaya™ 4620 IPTelephone.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks formore than 1 million businesses worldwide, including 90 percent ofthe FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is aworld leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP)telephony systems and communications software applications andservices.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications withbusiness applications — and distinguished by comprehensiveworldwide services — Avaya helps customers leverage existing andnew networks to achieve superior business results. For moreinformation visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com.

About VoiceCon2003
VoiceCon 2003 serves as a showcase for industry visionaries toshare the ideas, strategies and technologies that are transformingand shaping the future of voice networking systems, services andapplications. Now in its 13th year, VoiceCon 2003 will take placeFebruary 17-20, 2003 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel inWashington, DC. Additional up-to-date information is available athttp://www.bcr.com/voicecon/

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