ATLANTA—Real estate strategies are becoming part of business strategy—so where do virtual offices fit into the mix? CoreNet Global’s 2012 State of the Industry Report offers some insights into corporate real estate in a redefined world.

Emerging work strategies are changing the workplace. For example, space per person already averages 100 square feet or less in Europe. Data show the same will be case for 40 percent of companies in North America by the year 2017. What’s more, companies are using less office and work space, but they are making it more inviting, open, progressive and collaborative.

Another interesting insight is that 40 percent of employees believe the traditional office provides better tools and technology. That may be a perception issue, especially in the light of cloud computing. Virtual office technologies are making it seamless to work remotely, many times even from a mobile phone, without skipping a beat.

Of course, the CoreNet Global survey suggests employees will bring their own technology to work by the year 2020, because most companies can't keep pace with the "relentless advance of technology," especially the continuous introduction of new personal digital devices like tablets and iPhones. The report predicts cloud computing will be replaced by these "always networked" personal devices, because they will have "near-infinite" memory.

All this suggests the continued rise of alternative workplace strategies, including virtual offices. Virtual office technologies are answering the call for corporations looking to reduce square footage per employee, allow flexible work options and accommodate road warriors. And Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has you covered with a host of virtual offices, virtual receptionists, virtual assistants and other virtual office solutions.