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Survey Says: 66% of Businesses Plan to Increase Their Use of Telepresence

June 15, 2010 - 5 Comments

Cisco TelePresence technology is showing up in a lot of places these days: hotel suites, TV programs, and this June, on ESPN during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

And if you work for an organization that has TelePresence, chances are good you’ll be seeing the high-definition virtual meeting technology in use a lot more throughout the company, too, according to a new survey.

In its biannual networking survey, independent research firm TheInfoPro found that 77 percent of businesses that have tried TelePresence say it has met their objectives, such as the need to reduce travel and other costs. What’s more, 66 percent of respondents say they plan to expand TelePresence to additional sites within their organization.

TheInfoPro conducted the survey of key decision makers at midsize companies and Fortune 1000 enterprises in February. For the study, respondents were asked what they believed were the most important trends currently occurring throughout information networking, which included security infrastructure, voice and network infrastructure, and wireless networking services.

The survey also found that 25 percent of decision makers at midsize and large enterprises say they plan to increase their use of unified communications technologies, such as unified messaging and audio conferencing, this year.

“The key trend of 2010 among enterprises is striking a balance between cost-efficiency and effectiveness,” said Bill Trussell, managing director of networking research, TheInfoPro. “For companies that have been forced to either eliminate or reduce travel budgets due to the downturn and rising fuel prices, TelePresence and UC have offered solutions that are both highly productive and low-cost to the network budget.”

Of course, with Cisco TelePresence and Cisco Unified Communications, we’re all about helping organizations be more productive and collaborative while reducing costs.

But sometimes, playing can be as important as working, especially when it comes to the World Cup soccer tournament. This year, Cisco TelePresence will play an important role in ESPN’s coverage of that event. Read Chris Barker’s personal account of his brush with soccer legend John Harkes back in 1994 and again on May 20, when Harkes was on hand for the ESPN/Cisco TelePresence announcement.

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  1. I think if FIFA is using Telepresence than you know that it must be good. The World Cup is the biggest stage on the planet and Cisco is the only company that deserves to be right there with them. Way to go, the survey number should be higher though.

  2. Hi James,Regarding the study, I guess my concern would be on the 23% of enterprises whose objectives were NOT met by using TelePresence as well as the 34% of respondents who do NOT plan to expand TelePresence capabilities to additional sites.Sincerely,Brad Reese

  3. I always think about how business ran before the days of computers and telepresence. We are definitely at the dawn of a new age that will excel quickly for years to come. It definitely helps keep in touch with my full time staff in the Philippines while I'm in Los Angeles.

  4. Business will always continue to try and find the right blend between cost and efficiency. In the end though we are still left with small business owners trying to play catch up.

  5. With travel budget cuts, the implementation of TelePresence helps businesses, allowing more personal communication with remote partners that are located anywhere in the world, what provide more effective collaboration. It is advantageous that for geographically remote people the TelePresence gives opportunity to feel that they are present at the same event. present at the same event.