IBM United States
Software Announcement 203-250
September 23, 2003
IBM WebSphere Voice Application Access, V4.2 VoiceXML 2.0 support expands speech enablement possibilities for e-business portal or contact center environments
At a glance
WebSphere Voice Application Access (WVAA) V4.2 enhances the ways customers conduct their business by using a telephone to compliment other means of information access such as Web or wireless interfaces.
WVAA V4.2 can:
WebSphere® Voice Application Access (WVAA) V4.2 is a voice portal platform built on WebSphere Portal and VoiceXML technology. Solutions built on WVAA enable users to access a wide range of business applications and data, anywhere at any time, by using a standard telephone or cell phone and their voice.
WVAA V4.2 leverages WebSphere Portal technology in many ways. For the user, it takes advantage of the personalization features so their voice portal can be tailored to fit their needs. For the administrator, it provides a consistent framework for administering users and extending the same portal security features for authentication or authorization across multiple channels. For the developer, WVAA V4.2 leverages the same programming model as WebSphere Portal (Eclipse-based) to build applications using VoiceXML technology. Using this IDE, developers can re-use existing code, business logic, and infrastructure to enhance the development process to build VoiceXML applications.
The expanded features in WVAA V4.2 can help to:
Discounted pricing is available for existing WebSphere Portal customers.
Planned availability dates
WebSphere Voice Application Access (WVAA) V4.2 delivers a complete and scalable infrastructure for extending business application, productivity tools, or Web content to a standard telephone or cell phone.
WVAA V4.2 includes out-of-the-box voice applications that can help you start using the product quickly.
This voice portal platform is built on the WebSphere e-business framework, the underlying technology for WebSphere Portal and other IBM software products for a consistent and rapid programming model to create and extend business applications.
WVAA V4.2 supports Windows 2000 and AIX platforms and includes the following enhancements:
Compatibility across WebSphere products
Interoperability with Nuance Voice Platform (NVP) 2.0
Accessibility by people with disabilities
WVAA V4.2 is a voice application enabler, which services three types of users, system administrators, application end-users, and application programmers. WVAA V4.2 provides the following accessibility features for each of those user groups:
For more information about WVAA V4.2, other WebSphere products and Pervasive Computing products, refer to your IBM Pervasive Computing representative, authorized IBM Business Partner or visit:
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No hardcopy publications are shipped with this program. All product publications are available in softcopy on the respective CD-ROM.
The WebSphere® Voice Server V4.2 publications and WVAA V4.2 publications are also available via the IBM Publications Center.
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When used with WebSphere Voice Response for AIX®
The required hardware for WebSphere Voice Response for AIX is based on existing hardware support from WebSphere Voice Response V3.1 (with PTF U489834 installed or electronic image CD Part number C506ZNA) product offering. Refer to the WebSphere Voice Response product documentation for details.
When used with WebSphere Voice Server V4.2 for AIX
The required hardware for WebSphere Voice Server for AIX is based on existing hardware support from WebSphere Voice Server V4.2 product offering. Refer to the WebSphere Voice Server product documentation for details.
When used with WebSphere Portal Enable for Multiplatforms
The required hardware for WebSphere Portal Enable for Multiplatforms is based on existing hardware support for the WebSphere Portal offering. Refer to the WebSphere Voice Application Access InfoCenter documentation or WebSphere Portal Enable for Multiplatforms product documentation for details.
WebSphere Voice Application Access minimum system requirements: The minimum hardware required for WebSphere Voice Application Access server is as follows:
Windows(TM) AIX Resource server server Processor Intel(TM) RS/6000(R) Pentium(TM) III 450 MHz 1.5 GHz Memory (RAM) 2 GB (RAM) 2 GB (RAM) Disk Space 3 GB (note) 3 GB (note) Network TCP/IP TCP/IP Other CD-ROM Drive CD-ROM Drive
Note: The total amount of space required depends on number of users and amount of application data that you expect to have in the system. For AIX, "/home" should have a minimum of 200 MB free space (this is required for Database).
WebSphere Voice Server V4.2 Server minimum hardware requirements: The connection environments supported by WebSphere Voice Server software included as part of the WebSphere Voice Application Access V4.2 offering is WebSphere Voice Server for WebSphere Voice Response.
Refer to WebSphere Voice Server V4.2 Software Announcement 203-251 , dated September 23, 2003 for specific technical requirements.
Voice Toolkit for WebSphere Studio minimum hardware requirements
Note: The additional hardware requirement is that which is required over and above this to install and run the Concatenative Text-to-Speech for the development language, if so chosen during installation.
When used with WebSphere Voice Server for AIX V4.2 Server
When used with WebSphere Voice Application Access for AIX Server
When used with WebSphere Voice Application Access for Windows Server
When used with Voice Toolkit for WebSphere Studio
The supported software platform for the Voice Toolkit for WebSphere Studio is Windows 2000. The installation program will not permit installation on any other platform. The software prerequisite is an existing installation of WebSphere Studio Site Developer V5.0.1 or WebSphere Studio Application Developer V5.
For voice application developers using IBM products on non Windows 2000 platforms, the solution is to use Windows 2000 as the development platform, and deploy the application to the server on whatever platform they choose.
Voice Toolkit for WebSphere Studio requirements
It is assumed that WVAA server and WebSphere Voice Server, server software will be installed on separate systems.
The WVAA server software uses the WebSphere Portal Enable V4.2.1 for Multiplatforms server and it is not guaranteed to work with earlier or later WebSphere Portal Offering releases. All required WebSphere Portal Offering software must be installed on the same physical system as WVAA base runtimes.
A customer upgrade of WVAA server to WebSphere Portal Offering V5.0 or later, is not supported. If there is a WebSphere Everyplace Access release that contains WebSphere Portal Offering V4.2.1 level of software, it will be supported.
WVAA supports coexistence and interoperability with WebSphere Everyplace Access V4.3.
WVAA V4.2 has been enhanced to support the latest VoiceXML 2.0 language specification supported through WebSphere Voice Response for AIX V3.1 to reinforce the IBM strategy to promote and drive open standards and support interoperability with other products that also adopt the same open standards. The strategy will allow customers to preserve and extend their current investment in voice server technology so that they can adapt it to WVAA. Not only will this allow them to leverage their capital investment, but it will also allow them to leverage their investments in voice application development, tooling, and knowledge base around what they already have in place.
It is strongly recommended that planning and implementation of WebSphere Voice Portal Access with an integration agreement with IBM Global Services or other capable service provider. Contact your IBM Voice Systems representative for more information.
Security, auditability, and control
WebSphere Voice Application Access uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware or software.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.
WVAA V4.2 is a stand-alone product with one charge unit per processor. It is available in units of one. Passport Advantage customers should order the applicable "One Processor Entitlement" licenses in a quantity equal to the number of processors on which they install this product.
A processor is defined as any system or node executing all or part of WVAA. For example, two 4-way symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) systems, whether stand-alone or nodes in a larger system are counted as eight processors. In this situation, order the applicable Passport Advantage part number in a quantity of eight. If one dual processor system will be used, order the applicable Passport Advantage part number in a quantity of two.
In addition to the regular Passport Advantage options for licensing and maintenance, IBM is offering a reduced price trade up for WebSphere Portal for Multiplatforms V 4.X (5724-B88) users. WVAA extends the capability of IBM WebSphere Portal for Multiplatforms V4.1 by adding the voice enabling framework and capability to WebSphere Portal. Customers who currently are active Passport Advantage licensed users of WebSphere Portal for Multiplatforms V 4.X (5724-B88), may license WVAA (5724-D39) at a discount. This action does not require any forfeiture of current licensed capability of either of these products The discount is merely recognition by IBM that the customer is already licensed for some of the function contained in the WVAA product.
Passport Advantage licensing
WebSphere Voice Application access
Part Description number Voice Application Access D520ALL per processor license, SW maintenance 12 months Voice Application Access D520CLL per processor SW maintenance reinstatement 12 months Voice Application Access E00M5LL per processor SW maintenance annual renewal WVAA frm WS Portal Enable D520DLL per processor license, SW maintenance 12 months
Passport Advantage Supply
Part Description number WVAA V4.2.0 Media pack English U.S. BL030ML Windows 2000, AIX V5 CD-ROM Digital Disk -- ISO 9660 Standard V4.2.0
Passport Advantage customer
WVAA V4.2.0 Entitled maintenance Media packs Part offerings description description number WebSphere Voice WVAA English U.S. BL030ML Application Access Windows 2000, Processor AIX V5 CD-ROM Digital Disk -- ISO 9660 Standard
Withdrawn Part program number WebSphere Voice BL009NA Application Access V4.1 -- media pack
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Terms and conditions
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