What is the nature of online facilitator and what is the impact to IS implementation if any?
More and more businesses use online facilitation where meetings face-to-face with others online rather than travelling to and from another city or country. This function works well if technology are the same and works as well.
But the question is, ‘is the information safe to be conveyed online?’ Is the online facilitator a useful tool to use? How can an online facilitator works to solve a problem if people from all around the world disagree on an important issue that needs to be resolved straight away?
Safety…it depends on which one you are using. Truly, anything can be hacked, but the likelihood of someone hacking your webinar at the precise moment of log-on is highly unlikely. They would also have to have a deep interest in your subject matter. WebEx, GoToMeeting, and others all seem to be implemented easily into the servers of government organizations all over the country.
Online meetings are VERY useful if you don’t want to or can’t travel; and if you’re trying to raise productivity while keeping down costs. I say yes to all of these, (except sometimes, getting out of town is like a small vacation).
If an important issue comes up that can’t be solved during the meeting, I would than implement a bliki (a “business wiki”). Some prefer using a chat client with a multi-user view. A secure forum tool is also an option. All of these and many other available solutions would allow for further, more involved talks that could be implemented immediately.