LOS ANGELES-For all the talk about virtual assistants today, like Siri, Iris, and the growing number of other mobile apps that aim to answer questions and give directions, there is much more value in a live virtual assistant.

First, let’s look at the most popular virtual assistant in the mobile world—Siri—and then we’ll compare that to the benefits of a live virtual assistant to complement your virtual office.

Apple says its Siri virtual assistant makes everyday tasks less tasking. It figures out which apps to use for which requests, and it finds answers to queries through sources like Yelp and WolframAlpha. It plays songs you want to hear, gives you directions, wakes you up, even tells you the score of last night’s game. All you have to do is ask.

Virtual assistant apps can look up a phone number, but real virtual assistants can answer your phones, make outbound calls and more. Virtual assistant apps can find answers to queries through Internet research, which is much more practical for most of your entrepreneurial needs. Real-life virtual assistants can do your shopping for you, do your Internet marketing for you, and do much more for you.

You can talk to the Siri virtual assistant and say things like, “Tell my wife I’m running late” or “Remind me to call the vet.” Siri not only understands what you say, it’s smart enough to know what you mean. But live virtual assistant is much smarter. A live virtual assistant can call your wife in person and smooth over the fact that you are going to be late for dinner. A live virtual assistant can call the vet for you.

Are you starting to get the picture? Siri virtual assistant is cool, but for the busy entrepreneur, live virtual assistants beat Siri hands down. If you are a virtual office user, there's no reason why you can't maximize your productivity by using both.