PartnerWorld: Bringing Partners Together Virtually and In Reality
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PartnerWorld conference has been going on in St. Louis this week, an annual pow-wow for our very important Business Partners from around the globe.
Our own Nick Donofrio gave a keynote on "the virtual planet," addressing the emerging importance of virtual business interactions, as well as the need to be able to transfers assets from one virtual environment to another. (CIO magazine online has more about the speech here.)
While Nick's off integrating the planets, I'm just trying to figure out how to put on the new cowboy hat I bought the other day in Second Life.
That experience has convinced me of the perfect way to double digital v-commerce revenues virtually overnight:
Make it so that well-educated professionals like myself go buy a piece of virtual clothing for 200 Linden $$, then make it so difficult for them to figure out how to put the clothing on, that they go and buy a second piece of virtual clothing to see if they can make that work!
Brilliant! The Linden currency exchange will go through the roof!
Me, all I know is, growing up I never had this much trouble putting on a real cowboy hat.
But back to our Business Partners and virtual reality.
In short order, we're going to have a PartnerWorld island inside Second Life where our partners can use virtual rooms to meet up with one another, including private meetings (sorry, no slurl just yet).
Much as we love you partners out there, though, you're on your own when it comes to putting on your virtual wardrobe.
We're also providing Lotus Connections for Partners, a new Web 2.0 social computing resource that allows partners to create and share profile information about their business and their subject matter experts, allows for blogging, and just overall provides for a great venue for collaboration in the communities most of interest to our partners.
And, it's available at no charge to current Business Partners.
Check it out here.