Podcast: The Ash Cloud Doesn't Obscure the Benefits of Conferencing

by Carl Weinschenk

The massive ash cloud that enveloped large parts of Europe this spring provided a great platform for telepresence and teleconferencing. A followup survey conducted for HP showed that executives are becoming comfortable with the concept. Site Editor Carl Weinschenk spoke with Darren Podrabsky, the marketing manager for HP Halo, about the survey and, more broadly, the relationship between conferencing and UC.

Darren Podrabsky on the growth of teleprsence: [swf file="http://vid.itbe.com/ctoedge/podcasthpaug9.mp3"]

The ash cloud that obscured Europe for weeks this spring had a silver lining, at least for companies that sell teleconferencing and telepresence equipment. A study performed by the research firm Coleman Parkes on behalf of HP found that executives in the UK, Germany and France were able to salvage about half of the meetings that were lost due to the cloud.

More broadly, Coleman Parkes found that more than half of senior executives think business travel must be toned down, and 43 percent see an increase in telepresence as a result.

Carl Weinschenk spoke to Darren Podrabsky, marketing manager for HP Halo, about the survey, telepresence and its increasingly deep relationship with unified communications.

This article was originally published on Monday Aug 9th 2010