In a news release, Intuitive Voice Technology is calling out other Asterisk-based solutions. First, Intuitive Voice Technology (IVT) espouses their 3,500 deployments as well they should. They then follow this back-slapping good news with a claim that "competitors clamor to keep pace with industry's most innovating, easy-to-use Asterisk-based PBX". Them's fightin' words! They then stoke the fires some more when CEO Chris Jones states they he believes IVT's offering is blazing new trails in the industry, as evidenced by industry competitors who are mimicking the company's Evolution PBX 3.0 - released in September 2007. Specifically, Mr. Jones commented on the similarities to Evolution PBX 3.0 in Fonality's recent announcement of their latest release. “Many of the features introduced in their new release are similar to Intuitive Voice Technology’s Evolution PBX 3.0 which was introduced September of 2007 and released publicly in October of 2007.”
IVT then points to these similar "copycat" features which include follow-me/find me, cell phone integration, presence detection, and simultaneous ring.
There's one feature Intuitive Voice Technology neglected to mention that most other Asterisk solutions don't have but IVT does- and that's call screening. In my Cool Stuff at ITEXPO post
I espoused IVT's Evolution PBX 3.0 product and how it's one of the few Asterisk-based solutions that supports call screening.
Just yesterday in my Voiceroute article
, Voiceroute was claiming their Asterisk front-end GUI was better than anything on the market, including FreePBX and now today Intuitive Voice Technology is claiming they are the "best of the best" in the Asterisk universe.
The Asterisk (Asteroids?) Wars have begun...
Or even better - to quote Yoda - "The Asterisk Clone Wars have begun..."
Of course, the Asterisk Clone Wars been going on behind the scene for awhile. If you're in the Asterisk community you already knew this. It's getting almost as bad as the VoIP Clone Wars
Well, soon we shall have a battle royale between all the Asterisk players... Digium's Asterisk vs. Trixbox vs CentPBX vs. Elastix vs. Fonality vs. Intuitive Voice Technology vs. Voiceroute vs. PBX-in-a-Flash vs. PBXact, etc. etc. It'll be Clash of the Titans! Fun times ahead for the Asterisk community.
Competition is a good thing and will help drive Asterisk to only get better & better.
Actual IVT news release after the jump...
Intuitive Voice Technology Announces Over 3,500 deployments of Evolution PBX
Industry Competitors Clamor to Keep Pace With industry’s Most Innovative, Easy-to-Use Asterisk-Based PBX
Phoenix, AZ (March 13, 2008) - Intuitive Voice Technology (IVT) today announced that it has successfully deployed more than 3,500 deployments of its award-winning Evolution PBX software platform. The Evolution PBX product line for small and medium-sized businesses includes a hardened subset of the popular open source Asterisk code base.
Intuitive Voice offers a unique blend of innovation and ease-of-use that have made it one of the fastest growing Asterisk-based PBX systems on the market. With Evolution PBX and the Java based iView Operator Console, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and sales professionals are empowered with a communications system that functions similar to the million-dollar PBX systems FORTUNE 500 companies use, at a fraction of the cost of many proprietary solutions.
CEO Chris Jones believes that IVT's offering is blazing new trails in the industry, as evidenced by industry competitors who are mimicking the company's Evolution PBX 3.0 - released in September 2007. Specifically, Mr. Jones commented on the similarities to Evolution PBX 3.0 in Fonality's recent announcement of their latest release.
“Many of the features introduced in their new release are similar to Intuitive Voice Technology’s Evolution PBX 3.0 which was introduced September of 2007 and released publicly in October of 2007.”
The similar features include:
Find Me/Follow Me:
Not working at your desk today? Are you on the road? Your customers will never know. Simply login to the Evolution PBX user interface and the system will look for you at up to 4 different phone numbers or extensions. If you don’t pick up the call the system will then send the voice mail back to your original voicemail box.
Cell Phone Integration:
Did you ever want to take a call from your cell phone and maintain the features of your office phone system? Now you can. Take a call using the Evolution PBX Find Me/Follow Me interface to take a call on your cell phone and all the functions of the PBX are available for you to use. Simply press *1 to start recording the call and *2 to transfer back to any phone extension back at the office. Evolution PBX can even take this a step further and auto detect when you are in the office by using the Bluetooth device on your cell phone.
Register your Bluetooth device with Evolution PBX and the system will automatically send calls to your desk when you walk into the office and to your cell phone or other extensions when you leave the office without any user interaction.
Do you want to have the system simultaneously ring your cell phone and your desk extension? How about your remote telephone in your home office or your softphone client? How about ALL of your devices? With the Find Me/Follow Me interface of Evolution PBX you can ring every one of your extensions including your cell phone to ensure that you never miss a call.
For more information contact Intuitive Voice directly at 602-249-5750 or on the web: http://www.IntuitiveVoice.com