Anyone who has done much business out of the country realizes that cultures, time zones and communication are critical components of a careful and consistent international business strategy. Indeed, the incredible international logistic networks and the Internet have made doing business around the world extremely easy. Many folks do business now without ever meeting their vendors in other nations. Occasionally, business people do meet, but sometimes after many years of doing business with their overseas partners.
The smaller the companies the less chance of a personal face-to-face meeting ever taking place. In the future however, 3D Holographic projection technologies might change all that, as you would be able to meet face to face in a VR or virtual reality environment. In other words you would be sitting down for a discussion with a full-size view of the other party, interacting in near real time. Imagine that, why? Well, because all this is coming faster than ever expected.
Already cad-cam 3D renderings and prototypes are being worked on by teams across the ocean, where critical pieces that have tolerances of less than millimeters work together in collaboration on the exact same unit. This is only a start and in the future you can expect business meetings to be real-like in augmented reality or virtual reality.
Heads of states will meet with each other rather than gathering together and business people will increase productivity, save travel time and really do business at the speed of thought. Such international business concepts will change the climate of commerce forever. Indeed, someday this wonderful tool we call the internet will actually come alive, and that day will be very soon.