June 19th, 2014
WiFi Internet Access Now In Most Locations, Even the Bus
By Dale Roethlisberger

Travel used to mean being cut off from the Internet. With the introduction over 10 years ago of WiFi (a method of wireless connection to the Internet) , our options to get on the information super-highway started to increase. At First, this type of access was short range and usually limited to a physical location. Starbucks coffee locations began to offer free access via WiFi. Soon we began to notice people in public places with their laptops and portable PC’s in front of them and totally oblivious to the outside world. It’s eerie to be at a restaurant with another four person party at a nearby table and all those four people on a computer and/or cell phone at the same time, in some cases texting to each other on their devices.

Soon it became cruise ships and now airplanes in the sky where one could connect via WiFi. Internet access via WiFi (in some cases, not free) is currently being advertised as a selling point in many physical locations and modes of transport where we can get connected. For example, one day round trip bus excursions from Washington, DC to Broadway plays in New York City advertise WiFi as an option while traveling in both directions. You know it’s fully arrived when you can get it on the bus.

January 13th, 2008
Telepresence Goes Mainstream
By Dale Roethlisberger

Recently, we have seen an increased push for telepresense technology beyond the ‘executive’ meeting room. Perhaps telepresense is finally reaching the marketplace tipping point where it will be employed by the majority of a company’s workers. Broad deployment of telepresense technology has become more economically viable primarily because of high-bandwidth digital communications penetration by both the wired (or fiber’ed) and wireless data services delivery providers. With prices falling for both telepresense software and the telecommunications transport service, employers may finally begin to develop a much more robust virtual office and virtual employee business structure.

We maintain that there will be immense cost savings in both physical operations and employee overhead by deploying telepresence as an employee work paradigm. When all employees are always available during scheduled work hours from everywhere, the physical organization of work takes on a new dimension, especially in the services economic sector.

August 8th, 2007
Virtual Office Transition Techniques
By Dale Roethlisberger

Over the last few years, we have watched as our nephew (a self-proclaimed techno-geek) has developed himself into a ‘virtual employee’. His stated goal has been to be as free from working in a fixed ‘bricks and mortar’ office environment as possible. Fortunately, our nephew is in a type of business that may lend itself more to virtualization than other types of business.

Our nephew, and his immediate famliy members, used to own and operate a fairly large wholesale distribution company (i.e. warehouses, trucks, wholesale outlet locations – lots of real world bricks and mortar). That business was sold a few years back, and now the family is primarily involved in utilizing the proceeds from their business sale in investment banking and venture capital endeavors. The current activities of the immediate family lend themselves quite well to ‘virtualization’.
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