Two thoughts: YouTube's success or failure isn't going to be a big factor in whether there's a future for Web video. And it's even less a factor in whether there's a role for it in your company.
We just wrote about why businesses need to consider uses for Web video and looked at some vendor tools for delivering it. The argument: People are getting used to viewing and even creating video without all the formality that business puts around it today. Companies need to be ready for that.
YouTube is a big part of the momentum behind that. But it's a mere curiosity whether YouTube itself will make it. Online music moved forward while Napster worked out a legal future, and Web video has a lot more legal content than music file sharing ever did. So with or without YouTube:
• There will be plenty of places to post and share user-generated video.
• The novelty of watching amateurish video will wear off, but enough good and occasionally brilliant stuff will be made that there will be a growing market.
• Young people increasingly will come to your company well-versed in watching, sharing, and even creating ad hoc video. Be ready for them.