Tata Communications and Cisco have opened public video conferencing rooms in London and California, meaning people in existing public rooms in India now have someone to talk to. They're working with luxury hotel group Taj and hope to rent the rooms by the hour to business people. Yesterday rooms opened in London and Santa Clara …
$299 and $899 an hour...The service is aimed at smaller businesses which cannot afford the expense of kitting out their own rooms.
After a few hours use, you could easily afford a half decent v/c system!......
Ok ... Let's get down to Business ... Real Time and .....
.... blow these Wasters out of the Water and send them to the Bottom where they Belong.
"Someday perhaps they'll realise that business travellers would rather spend ten hours in a tin tube watching old movies on a tiny screen en route to a meeting than watch their colleagues on a high-def screen without ever having to put their lives at risk.®"
Yeah, and while they're away the mice can play with all sorts of hot goodies that they would never be tempted with back home ....and they can cook the books without their every thought being recorded and routed around the world by some switches and relays which can be split into servers they know nothing about.
And as for politicians on their jollies, well, that is much the same justification which they have for not going electronic/digital ....... everyone will know what they are doing and heaven forbid that they should know that, for that would be just too embarrassing/incriminating.
The Old Gravy Train System is Dead .... Long live the New AIRave System instead, where Dudes know what they are doing, what they want and need and are not Ashamed nor Afeared to Share and Register IT with the World and his dog .
‘Tata launches 'public' Cisco video conferencing’ .... Err? .... will Microsoft sue for cloning their MSN Messenger "Start or stop a Video call" service which IT and the Internet Provide Virtually for Free?
Tata - Taj = one and the same
"They're working with luxury hotel group Taj "
Taj is part of Tata
Even the cheapest $299 is a lot, unless you get free tea/biscuits at both ends for this price.
Business Travellers who use Virgin Upper Class will make a case for meeting in person, because, well, it's important to be able to shake someone's hand (or something like that) and besides, the champagne is nice (and the staff are nicer!) on the plane.
"At first, they were citing the increasing cost of air travel and green concerns as the magic bullet that would finally spur take-up of the technology. Now, as the economy nose-dives, they are pitching video conferencing as a panacea for corporate travel costs"
How are these two thing different? They punted it originally as an alternative to the cost of air travel, and now it's punted as a panacea for travel costs?
They'll never get it
Senior managers, and indeed most junior managers, will always have to travle for business meetings. After all it's important to make an impression by meeting in person and, er, er, the technology isn't reliable enough yet and, er, frequent flyer miles! Oh sorry, no, that's not a business reason, er, beer on expenses! No, wait, er, hang on, er, yes - techies! They can use the videoconference-thingy. What? $299 an hour to talk about bots and boytes or whatever it is they do? Surely they can use that electronic mail thing, or MNS Messenger, isn't it great how Marks and Spencer are getting in on the act these days? What? 11:30 already? Time for my massage I think.
Not a good value...
Even the current vid conference technology doesn't come close to replacing the "face to face" meeting. At best it's a step up from conference calls, with all of the disadvantages and none of the advantages (anyone for a quick BF2142 session?).
So why would one pay three bills an hour to stare at a screen? Even assuming you're already located in one of the cities in question, if the meeting is only for an hour or two what's the advantage of video here? You wouldn't use it for a sales presentation certainly and any other kind of "important" meeting usually involves ACTUAL important discussions before and afterward over drinks. Can't see that happening "virtually".
When you stop and consider how *inexpensive* high quality webcams and large screen monitors are these days, paying that much for video conference services makes sense how?
Paris because this sounds like something she'd think up.
Travel = perk
I always enjoy suggesting video conferencing instead of travel to managers as I find this suggestion is usually about as welcome as a fart in a spacesuit.
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