How Tough Economic Times are Encouraging Virtual Workplaces

Leftimg The sputtering global economy could have a silver lining – companies looking to cut travel costs are turning to the virtual world for more business services than ever.

As CNN reports, companies are increasingly turning to telecommuting and virtual conferencing in graphical virtual worlds as a means of shaving costs and remaining competitive in an economy where credit is still tight and government life preservers are harder to come by.

Pixels and Policy takes a look at the exodus to the virtual business landscape.

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Looking to Save Your Company Money? Move Business Online.

It's shocking that the cost savings of virtual conferencing and travel are so accepted in the mainstream media, but so few companies are going out of their way to streamline productivity.

A recent report from The Economic Times notes that, for all its proven value, companies still aren't jumping into digital workplaces and their cost-cutting capabilities.

Pixels and Policy takes a look.

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Ariella Furman on Machinima as a New Business Language

Today we have a guest post from Second Life resident and machinima evangelist Ariella Furman. Ariella, the CEO of ALM Productions, lays out the argument for integrating high-quality machinima into the everyday business practices of companies large and small. Furman's eye for the branding power of machinima may be ahead of its time, but businesses are quickly catching on.


The world of business embodies many different languages. The world of
the image is just one of those languages, that when combined with a
brand, can produce limitless possibilities.

I always saw business as an
almost fake, overproduced foreign language. When I was getting my
degree, everyone told me to minor in business. I dropped out of the
very first pre-requisite I had to take; it just wasn't my thing. I was
a pure film school geek! Then I discovered machinima.

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Virtual Conferencing Suffers Growing Pains

 

MeetIn3D_BigThe Industry Standard has an interesting article out – turns out the merging of real-world business and the virtual world hasn't been a bed of digital roses.

In fact, the troubles encountered in creating worlds designed specifically for business teleconferencing are disconcertingly varied and wide-ranging.

Pixels and Policy investigates.

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