***PRE-PUB TECH DEMO and PUB TALK: THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2000
"ENABLING YOUR WEBSITE FOR VOICE ACCESS"
By Ms. Janet Wittkopf, IBM Corporation
NOTE: Special Demo of IBM’s Websphere Voice Server from
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Pre-Pub.
Open to the public. No fee.
Regular Pub Talk at 6:00 p.m. Open to the Public
ABOUT IBM’s WEBSPHERE VOICE SERVER (announced in June 2000)
IBM WebSphere Voice Server with ViaVoice Technology allows delivery
of voice applications based on industry standard VoiceXML, helping
businesses leverage their investments in Web and call center technologies
to deliver e-business solutions. VoiceXML complements today’s Wireless
Application Protocol (WAP) to allow the delivery of voice applications
for the mobile Internet. IBM is combining its world-wide experience
in telephony and the Internet with its unique ViaVoice speech recognition
technology, to provide more natural and easy-to-use, end-to-end
solutions that deliver faster, more natural access to information
from anywhere at anytime with any device. By 2003, 30 percent of
the US workforce will use speech recognition on a daily basis. Cahners
Instat predicts the market for voice technology will be worth over
$30 billion by 2006 in the US alone. IBM is the only company that
can offer an end-to-end platform for voice solutions from the desktop,
embedded device and telephone to the enterprise and the Internet.
Voice joins other key technologies like WebSphere and MQ Series,
to complete the framework for business transformation in this new
economy with millions of companies, communicating with billions
of people and trillions of devices. IBM believes that to truly transform
e-business, there are three key phases that a company must implement:
* Webify fundamental business processes to maximize assets and enter
* Grow and adapt the e-business to meet changing market requirements.
* Differentiate e-business practices to win the marketplace.
For more information about IBM Voice Systems, visit
With over 30 years of research and development and a portfolio of
more than 100 voice technology patents, IBM is the global leader
in providing access to data through end-to-end voice integrated
solutions that enable organizational effectiveness for e-business
ABOUT JANET WITTKOPF
Janet Wittkopf is a Client Executive within IBM’s Voice Systems
Solutions Group. She has experience in business development of many
new market segments for IBM which focus on using IBM’s technologies
to enable B2B and B2C e Commerce ventures. Janet’s prior position
was in the healthcare industry assisting clients in the development
and use of web-based solutions to share healthcare information and
improve the qualtity of patient care.
***SPECIAL GUESTS TO THE CENTER PUB: JULY 20: UK AND FINLAND
Please join us at the Pub on Thursday evening, July 20th, to welcome
two international groups to the Valley.
A group of twenty professionals from Finland, sponsored by Digital
Media in Business will be joining us. Digital Media in Business
program is offered for Finns with diverse backgrounds, both academically
or professionally, who are now working or interested in working
with digital media and Internet-related themes. The aim of the program
is to offer the participants recent knowledge to help further develop
their competencies within digital business and the Internet environment.
The program consists of lectures, company presentations and networking
events. In addition to these, the participants work on projects
for high tech companies (mostly new media, Internet and software
companies) in Finland. Some of the companies represented are Helinski
Media, Apimed International, DIGIA Inc, and Quartal Interactive.
The second international group at the Pub this week hails from the
UK. They are attending Shelly Taylors Silicon Valley Tour. The companies
they represent are British Gas; Magenta Assets, LTD; Imago QA and