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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