Forterra Systems, Inc.

Forterra Systems is a leader in enterprise grade virtual world technology for the corporate, healthcare, government, and education industries. Using Forterra's OLIVE� (On-Line Interactive Virtual Environment) platform and industry standard PC hardware, customers can rapidly deploy secure, collaborative, 3D Internet solutions that scale from small team applications to large scale simulated environments supporting thousands of geographically dispersed users. OLIVE shares existing media assets such as Microsoft Office documents, streaming video, any desktop application, and SCORM-based e-learning content with distributed audiences to achieve faster business insight and decisions.

OLIVE works behind and through firewalls to support enterprise collaboration, training, event, product lifecycle design, operations management, and emergency response applications. The platform includes spatially accurate 3D audio and built-in automated avatar gestures such as lip-syncing so you get the experience of a live face-to-face meeting for a fraction the cost of alternative communications technologies.

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Whitepaper: Transforming Enterprise Processes Through Virtual Worlds

by Forterra Systems, Inc.Jan 26, 2009

These are challenging times for businesses. With revenues down, expenses are under severe pressure. Business leaders are asking their employees to do more with smaller budgets. In particular, travel budgets are being slashed so business managers are being asked to rethink how they conduct events, training, and employee development without being able to meet in person. At the same time, globalization has increased the demand for effective performance from distributed organizations. In particular, there is growing interest in virtual world technology as a potential solution for business training and collaboration. Virtual world applications are significantly cheaper than video conferencing, telepresence, and travel, yet represent a more engaging and enjoyable learning medium than Web or audio conferencing and most Web-based learning content. The Masie Center, a think-tank focused on enterprise learning and knowledge, and Forterra Systems agreed in the spring of 2008 to provide a �3D Sandbox� for members of The Masie Center�s Learning Consortium to explore their learning use cases in a virtual world. The Sandbox used Forterra�s On-Line Interactive Virtual Environment (OLIVE) software platform that enabled members to prototype and pilot their learning use cases quickly and with minimal effort. This white paper includes the case studies for Accenture and ACS Learning Services, results of their efforts, lessons learned, and the �recipe for success� going forward for new organizations considering how to convert an interest in virtual worlds to tangible field pilot programs that deliver business results.