I am blown away by the quality of attendees signing up for Speech-Word. Amazingly, it is not just call centers and OEMs but major service providers as well. I suppose these providers are looking to add speech to their customer support departments as well as using speech as a differentiator in their operations. Either way, the show should be very exciting. As I mentioned recently, people in the industry tell me frequently that if this is the year of VoIP, next year will be the year of speech. Honestly I think speech will take off in 2-3 years with double-digit growth for the foreseeable future. While the attendance to Speech-World is going well, it is not a frenzy-like industry like VoIP. It seems to be slower and steadier, which to be honest, is probably the best way for an industry to be.
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