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HCLTech and Virbela Partner to Supercharge Enterprise Metaverse

Creating seamless, collaborative, and highly productive digital environments for repeatable success with VR technology.
 
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Tajeshwar Grewal

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As digital proliferation ushers a new era of work and workplaces, VR is unleashing new ways to communicate, collaborate and get things done. Here’s how we’re accelerating the value and ROI of VR with Virbela.

Technological advancements have always led to paradigm shifts in work. For example, PCs altered long-established, paper-based business processes forever. Mobile phones redefined voice-based connectivity. The internet unlocked new possibilities for real-time collaboration. And the cloud took this even further, by unifying voice, video, text, and white-board-based collaboration and making business software accessible from any time and any place.

Addressing the Challenges of VR Adoption with HCLTech Virtuality

Our ways of working are bound to change as new technologies become available to us. But that doesn't change some of the core dynamics that drive work and value creation: the ability to communicate effectively, connection with peers, collaboration, without friction, and the need for a sense of collective purpose at work.

In this regard, virtual reality (VR) is one of the most promising developments that has unfolded in the last 50 years. And enterprises are innovating with this technology at a rapid pace now.

However, a lot of us face numerous challenges in building a VR ecosystem. Here are a few of these challenges and how Virtuality eliminates them, paving a value-driven path to VR adoption.

Virtual Reality: A New World of Work

VR offers several value propositions that you can no longer disregard.

  1. Bring fluidity to collaboration
    One of the significant challenges that employees face in remote work is the friction that results from online collaboration. In-office work comes with social bonding, and some work-related interactions become a part of hallway conversations. In remote work, every instance of synchronous collaboration, and even social activities must be carried out via video, which can result in meeting fatigue. VR brings the social aspect back to virtual work by enabling employees to talk to each other while they take a walk, go up to their colleagues and start conversing or jointly view digital artifacts.
  2. Making learning engaging
    Learning, training, and knowledge transfer are crucial components of work for multiple roles. If delivered in an unengaging fashion through monotonous videos, these activities can quickly become disjointed or unproductive for employees, not to mention risky in some scenarios. VR can make these experiences highly engaging, and improve the outcome of activities such as diversity training, knowledge transfer, upskilling, or machine maintenance training.

For these reasons, VR is set to become an essential component of modern workplaces, as 71%  of employees already believe so. Similarly, Gartner believes that VR will be a critical sales channel within five years.

The ability to administer unique experiences that cannot be replicated in physical worlds further enhances the value proposition of VR. For example, giving virtual walkarounds for large machinery, virtual office tours to prospective employees, or demonstrating complex procedures becomes engaging, cost-effective, and more sustainable with VR. However, unleashing these use cases of VR proves expensive and challenging to enterprises today. Here’s the reason.

VR in The Enterprise: What Stands in The Way

Here are some of the key reasons that make VR adoption challenging for enterprises:

  1. Investment barriers
    VR development is an expensive undertaking that requires significant investment in resources and technologies. This subtracts from the payoff.
  2. Device dependency
    If an experience is accessible from a limited range of hardware or platforms, it cannot be considered enterprise friendly.
  3. Isolation and security
    Implementing voice isolation in VR environments and securing data flows is complex and, yet a baseline requirement for enterprise scenarios.
  4. Accessibility for users
    VR use cases may necessitate extensive training for users if they are not intuitive. These virtual spaces must be well integrated with enterprise collaboration systems such as authentication environments, workspace apps, etc.

HCLTech Virtuality: Enterprise Metaverse for The Digital Workplace

We believe in evangelizing digital advancements and making disruptive technologies more accessible and impactful for enterprise customers. For this, we’ve partnered with Virbela, a pioneer in enterprise VR, to build HCLTech Virtuality—a virtual world created on an enterprise-friendly ecosystem to deliver value from day one.

Here are some of the vital features of HCLTech Virtuality that make it the fastest path to value for enterprises:

  1. Device-agnostic
    Virtuality enables you to build virtual experiences accessible from all types of devices—from VR headsets to laptops, PCs, mobile phones, and tablets.
  2. Minimal Dependencies
    Experiences powered by Virtuality don’t require any additional installations or platforms for access. They work on web browsers.
  3. Secure by Design
    Virtuality integrates with Active Directory for authenticating users. It implements enterprise-grade encryption with extensive data security and privacy controls. And offers secure, isolated zones for private communications.
  4. Highly Scalable
    It scales easily with growing users and delivers impeccable experience in high-traffic scenarios. In addition, Virtuality leads the industry when it comes to the maximum number of allowed concurrent participants.
  5. Customizable and Intuitive
    You can customize the different reusable components of Virtuality to customize and create unique, purpose-built virtual spaces. However, Virtuality requires minutes for end-users to get familiar with and hands-on.

Democratizing Enterprise VR with Virbela

We’re leveraging the partnership with Virbela to evangelize VR in the enterprise landscape. And build disruptive and high-value use cases for businesses. With Virbela’s unique capabilities in VR environments, we’ll bring the enterprise metaverse to today's digital workplaces to make future-forward, immersive work experiences a reality for employees.

VR has fast-forwarded the future of work into the workplaces of the present. As hybrid workplaces become the norm, enterprises will need solutions that will help rapidly prototype and scale VR use cases for their workforce. HCLTech Virtuality and our partnership with Virbela will help organizations to create seamless, collaborative, and highly productive digital environments for repeatable success with VR technology.

 

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