847 — VoiceXML Forum adds new leadership

Sep 25, 2003 | Conteúdos Em Ingles

Igor Jablokov of IBM, chairman of the VoiceXML Forum Igor Jablokov of IBM succeeds Bill Dykas as chairman of the VoiceXML Forum. This announcement follows Forum’s expansion of the board of directors: representatives from Hewlett-Packard, Nuance, VoiceGenie, and West Corporation will join AT&T, IBM, Lucent and Motorola as sponsors and the Board of Directors to provide overall strategic direction and leadership.

The VoiceXML Forum is a four-year old industry organization chartered with establishing and promoting Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML), a standard technology to make internet content and information accessible via voice and phone.

“We are pleased to welcome our new Sponsor members,” said Igor Jablokov, newly appointed chairman of the VoiceXML Forum.   “Hewlett-Packard, Nuance, VoiceGenie and West have been key contributors in the Forum since its inception, and VoiceXML is critical to their companies’ speech strategies. The decision to invite these companies to become Sponsors and their interest in assuming a leadership role, demonstrates the tremendous industry interest in the Forum and the importance of VoiceXML to the industry.”

Members of the VoiceXML Board of Directors include:

· Chairman: Igor Jablokov, IBM
· Vice Chairman: Mark Disbrow, Lucent Technologies
· Treasurer: Eileen Natale, AT&T
· Secretary: Cindy Tiritilli, IEEE-ISTO
· Director: Mark Randolph, Motorola .
· Director: Bruce Pollock, West Corporation
· Director: Dan Burnett, Nuance
· Director: Eric Jackson, VoiceGenie Technologies
· Director: Scott McGlashan, Hewlett-Packard

“Our research indicates that revenues from the development of voice applications will exceed $1.5 billion for hardware, software and professional services in 2007,” observed Dan Miller, senior analyst at Zelos Group, and author of the recently published Roadmap Report on the Voice Application Infrastructure.

“Much of this growth will be fuelled by the use of IP-based platforms to extend Web-based self-service applications over the telephone. The VoiceXML Forum has played an important role in defining the standard. New Sponsors and an expanding leadership will aid the Forum in driving deployment of VoiceXML as the standard for building voice applications on open platforms rather than proprietary IVR systems.”


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