Well designed virtual worlds serve as more than mere 3D doll houses; instead, they provide the connectivity across distances, the opportunity to rapidly prototype and the ability to provide diverse training venues.
A three-dimensional virtual immersive environment provides an opportunity for employees to work together regardless of distance. While time zones still present a problem for connecting people around the globe, in virtual immersive environments, the barriers of geography have essentially become history. Virtual worlds afford a third place—cyberspace—within which avatars can connect, collaborate and co-create irrespective of their actual physical location.
The neutrality of the virtual world context dissolves the feeling of distance or isolation that remote geographies often feel relative to the home-country of the enterprise or individual.
Additionally, virtual immersive environment provide social networking tools which sit behind a corporate firewall tapping into the collective conscious of the organization. Used properly, these 3D virtual immersive environments can leverage crowdsourcing with the added dimension of allowing collaborators and learners to interact with concepts, objects and even data in three dimensions.
What virtual world can do for organizations is to provide real time learning and collaboration across every stage of the product lifecycle.
Virtual immersive environments provide for wealth of opportunity for collaboration among individuals across the world. Here are just a few of the areas in which 3D virtual immersive environments can foster collaboration:
• Rapid Prototyping
• Creating and Testing of New Processes
• What-If Scenarios
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