Shari Rife | Cian Robinson | Ken Szczepanski
...In the years since, the quality of the technology has gone way up, while the price has gone way down, says Ken Szczepanski, president of Veraview LLC in Buffalo.The Buffalo company
specializes in collaborative technologies, including videoconferencing, streaming media and digital video as it's applied to distance learning classrooms, corporate boardrooms and corporate training rooms.
Fear or reluctance to travel, and the costs involved in traveling, are only part of the equation when people decide how to have a meeting, Szczepanski
"I think a lot of it really has to do with better ways to collaborate as groups," he
says."It could be people in the same geographic area, like Buffalo to Rochester.It's not just Buffalo to L.A. they're trying to avoid."
Technology has improved
But though Szczepanski
agrees there is no full substitute to in-person meetings, the closest comparison would be videoconferencing.
"It's really the only one that simulates best the face-to-face and that's the goal," he