First, a Frost and Sullivan report found
- Web conferencing services market in Europe grew by 19.3 percent in 2009.
- Researchers also predict that the green movement will drive growth in the unified communications and collaboration (UCC) market.
Next, a Verdantix study commissioned by AT&T determined
- Telepresence can cut 5.5 metric tons of CO2 emissions through 2020 if U.S. and U.K. companies substitute travel for telepresence.
- That's the greenhouse gas equivalent of removing over 1 million passenger vehicles from the road for one year.
- This would provide financial benefits of almost $19 billion by 2020 for the U.S. and U.K. economies.
While these findings are encouraging, I believe UC and telepresence are just part of what we need to be doing to conserve energy, cut costs, and protect the planet. We have to establish next-generation virtual workplaces that combine these and other communication and collaboration technologies together into a single environment that lets employees work together just as they do in the real world.
I laid out my viewpoints in the comments sections under the FierceVoIP and ZDNet articles, so while you're over there, scroll down and read the rest of my thoughts. What do you say? Would you agree or disagree?