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Apr 29 2009   8:41PM GMT

Swine flu: yet another justification for telepresence investment

Shamus McGillicuddy Shamus McGillicuddy Profile: Shamus McGillicuddy

John E. Burke, principal analyst over at Nemertes Research has an interesting take on the swine flu hysteria.  It’s just another reason why companies should invest in telepresence technologies from Cisco, Tandberg, Polycom, HP et al.

Burke noted in an email from Nemertes that the flu outbreak in Mexico has prompted executives from Japanese companies like Sony and Sharp to cancel trips to their Mexican production facilities. He said telepresence would be a viable way for these executives to keep their face-to-face meetings with Mexican staff.

Vendors have so far focused their business cases for telepresence on the reduction of travel expenses, green initiatives and increased productivity. But clearly telepresence can also factor into business continuity and disaster recovery planning.

Extending that a bit further, desktop video should also get some attention thanks to swine flu. If a pandemic does indeed strike, many people would appreciate the option of working from home while the virus runs its course over the course of weeks or months.

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