I never thought I would be saying this, but volcanoes are a good use case scenario for web conferencing.
The eruption of ash from Eyjafjallajökul in Iceland is shutting down air travel and driving travelers to alternatives. For businesses, there are potential negative impacts if the appropriate meetings and conversations are unable to happen. Hence, web conferencing to the rescue. In the past, major events that have impacted travel spurred interest in web conferencing. The good news for businesses today is that there are a plethora of choices for web conferencing solutions and many of them are in place in the organization already.
From a technical point-of-view, web conferencing has steadily improved and, generally, has become more intuitive, fast, and feature-rich.
Most enterprises already have two or more web conferencing solutions implemented within the organization. It is not uncommon for the enterprise to have software-as-a-service (SaaS) web conferencing contract in place (usually purchased by the marketing department), as well an on-premise solution that is part of a larger collaboration platform.
The major vendors for web conferencing all offer SaaS and on-premise solutions – Adobe, Cisco, IBM, and Microsoft – but, you need to be wary of differences in features and capabilities and map those to your use cases.
So, while the volcano blows, fire up your web conferencing.