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Business Leaders have a New Friend in BYOM

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Emmanuel Christi Das

Lets Face it, Face to Face meetings have now gone obsolete. While doctors and healthcare officials are working with no time boundaries to push back the virus outbreak, businesses are replacing travel (to affected areas) and in-person meetings with video conferencing and teleworking options. Sounds about right, given the infected and recovered rate! Organizations are exploring options like `BYOM’ or Bring Your Own Meeting to continue businesses without disruptions. Virtual Meetings is the new norm.
Commenting on the current scenario related to video conferencing in corporate, Rajiv Bhalla, managing director, Barco India says, “With the recent health scare, we are seeing a strong uptake in video conferencing. Several global companies have advised their employees to manage their work through video conferences. Video conferences are, thus, becoming a viable option to travelling for work.”
According to analytics firm Dun & Bradstreet, at least 51,000 including 163 Fortune 1,000 companies across the globe have one or more direct or Tier 1 suppliers in the impacted region (China’s Hubei province) and a minimum of five million companies have one or more Tier 2 suppliers in and around the epicentre of coronavirus. Every one of those companies would

be looking at alternatives to cope with the unparalleled situation. Long term measures could include escalating supply chains to several countries rather than putting bringing everything under one umbrella.

As per another recent report by Barco ClickShare and Savanta, 53% of the respondents said that meetings are now remote – either partially or fully. A quarter of the participants claimed that the average meeting had all participants attending remotely, while 28% confirmed that the meetings more often than not include a mix of in-person and remote attendees.

In the wake of rapid adoption of enterprise-grade digital meeting and workstream collaboration solutions in counter to the coronavirus pandemic, Gartner, Inc. has elaborated on three steps for IT leaders to improve current operations. Business leaders intending to support a improved remote workforce are placing their trust on collaboration tools to ensure productivity and eliminate business disruptions.

“The rise in virtual meetings since the COVID-19 pandemic began is putting pressure on enterprise leaders to ensure employees have the right technological capabilities to maintain consistent, high-quality connections with colleagues, customers and partners while working remotely,” said Mike Fasciani, senior research director at Gartner.


As per another recent report by Barco ClickShare and Savanta, 53% of the respondents said that meetings are now remote – either partially or fully. A quarter of the participants claimed that the average meeting had all participants attending remotely, while 28% confirmed that the meetings more often than not include a mix of in-person and remote attendees.

In the wake of rapid adoption of enterprise-grade digital meeting and workstream collaboration solutions in counter to the coronavirus pandemic, Gartner, Inc. has elaborated on three steps for IT leaders to improve current operations. Business leaders intending to support a improved remote workforce are placing their trust on collaboration tools to ensure productivity and eliminate business disruptions.
“The rise in virtual meetings since the COVID-19 pandemic began is putting pressure on enterprise leaders to ensure employees have the right technological capabilities to maintain consistent, high-quality connections with colleagues, customers and partners while working remotely,” said Mike Fasciani, senior research director at Gartner.

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