Voice recognition software vendor, Nuance, is looking to expand its channel reach and make a greater push into government after enhancing its relationship with distributor, Scholastic.
The vendor has given Scholastic access to its newly launched Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 10 Professional edition, which it hopes will increase uptake of the software by 20-30 per cent. Previously Scholastic only had access to entry-level Standard and Preferred editions of the software.
Nuance channels manager, Vicki Rigg, claimed government hardware capabilities were constantly improving.
“Voice recognition software is becoming more mainstream and Dragon 10 is a more robust solution,” she said. “Government agencies with field agents and large amounts of data being typed into documents, such as Taxation and the ACCC, stand to gain the greatest productivity benefits.”
Rigg highlighted improved security and other features such as Citrix support and centralised network administration as key selling points for government agencies.
Scholastic media technology manager, Wayne Cooper, said access to the Professional edition would broaden the range of customers it could target.
“We’re keen to grow the business and the Professional edition will appeal to VARs that target the SME and government sectors. That accounts for probably 25 per cent of our business,” Cooper said.
Scholastic’s other software vendors includes Autodesk and Adobe.
In other news, Nuance will host its first channel training session around dictation and imaging products shortly. The sessions follows the launch of the vendor’s authorised reseller program nine months ago.
Rigg said the training session will be complemented by the vendor’s first channel awards event to be hosted on September 5.