My business colleagues have asked me the question a thousand times: “With all the work that you have to do, how do you find time for a Second Life?”
Many of us share this problem – an increasingly intense business environment, packed with meetings, flooded with information, the burden of frequent travel. And as self-serving as it may sound, Second Life is one of my most important business productivity tools. Linden Lab has seven offices across four time zones, with more than a fifth of our employees working from home. Without using Second Life as our team collaboration environment, we wouldn’t be able to run such a distributed workforce and still have the tightly knit company we have today.
We’ve been pleased to see integrated business solutions developed for the Second Life Grid, and yesterday we announced a new partnership with a best-of-breed winner: Immersive Workspaces from Rivers Run Red. Immersive Workspaces provides content and functionality for an out of the box virtual collaboration environment, integrated with web tools that allow businesses to upload, share and interact with typical media like slideshow and video presentations. It brings together the power of an immersive 3D environment with the ease of use of web-based social media tools – from our use of Second Life as a daily work environment, we are convinced this can bring significant productivity gains and cost savings to a very wide range of enterprises. Check out the video here.
In today’s financial climate, every organization in every industry is thinking hard about best business practices to boost profitability. Meetings, prototyping and design, training, simulation, distance learning, and any other activity dependent on efficient collaboration can be greatly enhanced by the Immersive Workspaces solution. Over the next few months we’ll be announcing additional developments as we work to further enhance and integrate solutions that help customers around the world realize more returns from their investments in the Second Life Grid. We want you to find as I did, that more time in Second Life can give you more time for your whole life.