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Avaya CEO Don Peterson to Deliver VoiceCon 2004 Keynote on 'Crossing the Chasm - Trusting and Building IP Communications'

  • IP Telephony Migration, Networking Remote Workers, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Among Topics Addressed by Avaya Executives at Leading Industry Event

Implementing a new technology without disrupting business requires substantial homework and confidence that the real-world issues have been addressed.

Implementing a new technology without disrupting business requires substantial homework and confidence that the real-world issues have been addressed. With Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony moving beyond early adopter stage to the mainstream, security, worker productivity and cost versus benefit are among the real-world issues rising to the top.

Avaya Chairman and CEO, Don Peterson, and other Avaya executives will focus on these issues at VoiceCon 2004, taking place March 1-4 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. In his Wednesday morning keynote address, 'Crossing the Chasm', Peterson will help attendees gain a firm foundation on successfully evolving to IP telephony through the path, pace and choice of their own making. Avaya (NYSE:AV), is a leading global provider of communications networks and services for businesses and Platinum sponsor of VoiceCon 2004.

"Organizations are taking a strategic approach to converged communications based on their needs and choices, either evolving an existing network to IP, or implementing new convergence applications and equipment," said Peterson. "As companies move to the next level, they must be assured that none of their critical features and capabilities are lost, that they are comfortable with the course and speed of their evolution, and that there are real-world business reasons for doing so."

Avaya will also participate in the SIP Enterprise Network Demo providing a live, multi-vendor converged network supporting multi-modal devices. The demo will be held in a special pavilion on the VoiceCon exhibit floor. SIP - which stands for Session Initiation Protocol - is an emerging Internet standard protocol for initiating an interactive user session that involves multimedia elements such as voice, chat, video and more.

Strategies for evolving enterprise communications to IP telephony will be shared in "Migrating Legacy PBXs to IP," featuring Jorge Blanco, Avaya's vice president, product and solutions marketing, Enterprise Communications Group. In this executive discussion, Blanco will explain how businesses can effectively choose an IP telephony roadmap that makes the most sense for them.

Other VoiceCon 2004 sessions featuring Avaya leaders include:

The Executive Forum - Is It Time for a Next-Gen IPT?
Blanco will also participate in this panel featuring executives from several leading voice networking equipment vendors, who will discuss today's communications market and product realities, and how they're planning for an environment where open systems prevail. The forum will be held Tuesday, March 2, 4:15–5:15 pm.

Connecting Remote Sites and Teleworkers
Pam Preston, director, Product and Solutions Marketing, Avaya, will join in a discussion of one of the most important capabilities of IP telephony - the ability to distribute communications to widely scattered locations. The session offers options for distributed IP architectures and products. When: Tuesday, March 2, 1:00-2:15 pm.

Avaya Product Briefing: Enabling the Collaborative Enterprise
Lawrence Byrd, director, Alliances and Portfolio Communications will present solutions for secure, converged networking on Monday, March 1, 5:00-5:30 pm.

Additional Avaya Exhibit Information
Avaya will be located on the exhibit floor, at Booth #319, showcasing applications and solutions that bring the functionality, scalability and reliability of voice communications to Internet Protocol (IP) networks. Included are: field-proven Avaya MultiVantage Communications Applications, including Avaya Communication Manager - open-standards-based software for voice; Avaya media gateways and servers; and Avaya features, applications and devices such as the Avaya IP Softphone for Pocket PC, the Avaya 4630 IP Screenphone and the Avaya 4620 IP Telephone.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than 1 million businesses worldwide, including 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP) telephony systems and communications software applications and services.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications - and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services - Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya Web site:

About VoiceCon 2004
VoiceCon 2004 serves as a showcase for industry visionaries to share the ideas, strategies and technologies that are transforming and shaping the future of voice networking systems, services and applications. Now in its 14th year, VoiceCon 2004 will take place March 1-4, 2004 at the Disney World Dolphin Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Additional up-to-date information is available at

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