Brian M O’Curran June 6 2009 11:18:46 PM
Great news! IBM has received a 2009 CIO 100 Award for its work on virtual world/virtual event technology. These awards honor 100 companies that are creating new business value by innovating with technology.
IBM was recognized for the work done by IBM Research to create Virtual Event Space functionality to provide 3-D virtual venues for meetings. This functionality allows IBM to conduct virtual events that allow employees to meet online and take advantage of presentations, multiple break-out spaces, and much more. This enabled IBM to save an estimated $1 million last year in event costs (including travel, meeting and venue costs).
We're seeing a number of key use cases for this exciting new technology, including:
HR: Remote employee meetings, mentoring sessions, training and education
Strategy: Strategic planning activities and process re-engineering discussions
Development teams: Requirements development and prioritization, project/development reviews, and brainstorming new ideas for products or services
Sales & Marketing: Project Room/“War room” for client projects, proposal development, and announcement planning
Support: “Crit sit” issue resolution communications space
Project office function: Project managers who need to create and manage plan/projects for disperse teams
IT departments: Support internal clients needs for collaboration, strategic planning, project office needs, and internal development
Consulting firms: Visioning/strategy workshops and facilitated sessions for clients
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