Videoconferencing: believing is seeing
I enjoy business travel as it is the most rewarding method for me to understand the potential application of emerging technologies to the actual requirements of our customers. On the other hand, life in the security lines and on the runways appears to grow ever more wearying and less productive. Good news is that in mid summer, I participated in a videoconference of amazing high quality. The audience in Charlotte, NC appeared to be in the room with us in Boston. Voice quality, head movements, sharing slides - the overall
sense of connection- was a miles beyond my last such experience 5 or 6 years ago.
I wasn't going to mention this until I read the August 25th Economist (pg 57 & www.economist.com) where this topic was discussed and even showed a picture of the Cisco set-up that I used at the Boston bank. I agree that if videoconferencing can just reduce business travel by 10% or 15%, what a benefit to all business travellers this would be. What will be the eventual convergence of video, virtual worlds, and meet-ups of all kinds?! cperrien