“Ten minutes into the meeting, the chairman of a Fortune 500 company, made a decision on the spot: his company would stop investing in telepresence systems and networks, and immediately move to a next-generation videoconferencing platform.
In a line that I won’t forget anytime soon, he stated that telepresence was the equivalent of having a single “e-mail room,” from which all of his employees had to go to in order to send and receive their e-mails.
From the chairman’s point of view, there was no reason to sink more money into telepresence. A similar quality setup using the latest video codecs now costs one-tenth of the price, while maintaining the look and feel of being in the same place as other meeting attendees. Yes, 90% cost savings, with Mobility and Interoperability”. Sensible.