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SandCherry Announces Partnerships Addressing Demand for Rapid, Cost-Effective Speech Deployment

US and European Partnerships Support Advanced Speech Services Delivery for Both Service Providers and Enterprises

    New York, NY (ots) - SpeechTEK - SandCherry, Inc., a provider of
software for cost-effectively building and deploying advanced
speech-enabled services, announces new partnerships - with US
companies Apptera, Fortegra and speechvantage, as well as European
companies Voxpilot, Voice Objects and 8Hertz - that address growing
demand for rapid and cost-effective deployment of advanced speech
services. These partnerships offer pre-packaged and customized
applications solutions allowing carriers and enterprise customers to
experience the revenue and efficiency benefits of speech-enabled
services.
    
    "Through collaborative efforts, SandCherry and its partners are
creating an environment ripe for simple and cost-effective speech
deployment," said Charles Corfield, president and CEO of SandCherry.
"The speech industry's maturation is underscored by the increasing
number of partnerships dedicated to delivering advanced speech
solutions, not just individual technologies."
    
    "SandCherry's software platforms offer the flexibility necessary
to incorporate advanced speech resources into our offerings," added
Jon Alcantara, Voxpilot's CEO. "By integrating Voxpilot's VoiceXML
Browser into SandCherry's advanced speech platform, Voxpilot can
deliver VoiceXML services which meet the specific needs of our
customers."
    
    Using SandCherry's flexible software components, customers and
partners have the ability to select application development, browser
and speech components to use with SandCherry's award-winning
SoftServer platform. Customers can choose from SandCherry's own
AppDevTM VXML development tool and AppRunTM VXML browser or from the
diversity of speech applications and components provided by its
partners:
    
    United States
    
    - Apptera: The first provider of packaged speech applications
        for financial services offers a suite of highly configurable
        applications that quickly and affordably automate contact
        centers.

    - Fortegra: Performs custom integration and deployment of    
        customer service and workforce management applications.

    - speechvantage: Offers a suite of pre-packaged and custom    
        enterprise and departmental speech applications for the
        financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical and  
        manufacturing industries that can be quickly implemented to  
        reduce costs and improve customer service.

    Europe
    
    - 8Hertz (Germany):  Offers the Voice Dialog Editor and custom
        solution integration for a variety of speech applications.

    - Voice Objects (Germany):  Offers the VoiceObjects FactoryTM,  
        the leading Voice Application Management System (VAMS) for the
        development and operation of personalized voice and DTMF
        applications.

    - Voxpilot (Ireland):  Pan-European VoiceXML solutions provider,
        offering VoiceXML-based products and services for carriers and  

        enterprises.      

    "Customers today seek solutions ranging from fully pre-packaged
applications to completely customized implementations they do
themselves or with an integrator," added Corfield. "The flexible
nature of these partnerships ensures that SandCherry has the right
solutions available to suit the diverse services, needs and
capabilities of any customer."      

    About SandCherry
    
    SandCherry, Inc. (www.sandcherry.com) develops software that
reduces application development, testing and deployment costs for
creating or extending applications for phone and multimodal users. By
upgrading existing Web and telecom software technology with superior
media management and control software, SandCherry's products empower
service providers and enterprises to unleash the combined value of
speech recognition software, application servers, and media servers
to deliver enhanced services that can increase carrier revenues or
reduce enterprise costs. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, the
company was founded by telecom and software industry veterans from
companies including AT&T, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Telcordia
Technologies and Alcatel. For more information about SandCherry
please visit www.sandcherry.com.
    
    About SoftServer™
    
    The SoftServer™ platform, SandCherry's flagship product, is an
applications and media resource broker that simplifies the
integration, deployment, and management of enhanced and
next-generation services. It melds Web capabilities with traditional
technologies to provide a flexible and scalable solution meeting the
size and needs of each specific customer and easily adapting as
additional service enhancements become viable in the future. It is
this platform that allows customers to easily and cost-effectively
deliver enhanced services such as voice-enabled customer service,
voice dialing, and multimodal voice/data applications to subscribers.
As a result, service providers can quickly and cost- effectively mass
deploy these new services creating new revenue opportunities, and
enterprises can reduce costs while offering improved services.
    
    SandCherry and SoftServer are trademarks of SandCherry, Inc. All
other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their
respective owners.
    
ots Originaltext: SandCherry
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Contact:
Wendy Simmons
Vendeloo Incorporated
Phone:  +1/212-475-3738
E-mail: wendy@vendeloo.com



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