Davinci Virtual Blog

ALL THE NEWS THAT’S NEW WITH DAVINCI

LATEST POSTS

Virtual Office Users Eying Latest Generation iPad

BETHESDA, MD–The new iPad just hit store shelves on Friday and virtual office users are probably among those standing in long lines hoping to get their hands on one of the iconic tablets before they sell out.

The new iPad features a stunning new Retina display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video. That makes a perfect set up for virtual office users who want to do web conferencing from the iPad.

The iPad still delivers the same all-day 10-hour battery life while remaining amazingly thin and light. That means virtual office users can take their iPad to long out-of-office meetings with clients without having to worry about the battery dying during the presentation.

The new iPad is already having a powerful impact on the corporate tablet market. From virtual office users to road warriors to traditional office inhabitants, the iPad is seeing rapid adoption in the enterprise, according to ChangeWave Research.

Going forward, 22 percent of companies say they’ll be purchasing tablets for their employees during the second quarter of 2012. And most of them are buying iPads. Specifically, 84 percent of companies planning to buy tablets next quarter say they are buying an iPad.

The iPad is a virtual office user’s dream, which is one of the reasons why Davinci Virtual Office Solutions continues to hold its iPad sweepstakes every quarter. The next drawing is July 1. So be sure to sign up today to win an iPad, whether you are a virtual office user or are considering using Davinci Virtual’s virtual office solutions.

Check out this video review of the third-generation iPad:

Read more...

Is There March Madness in Your Virtual Office Space?

MENLO PARK, CA—Nearly one-third of managers interviewed felt NCAA basketball tournament activities shouldn't be allowed in the workplace, according to an OfficeTeam survey. How does that play out in the virtual office world?

First, the overall view. The majority of bosses are willing to play ball: Fifty-seven percent said group events tied to the playoffs are OK in moderation, and another 11 percent welcome them. Only 20 percent of employees polled said they are distracted at work by the excitement surrounding major sports competitions.

"As long as they don't interfere with work, activities tied to sporting events can be great for morale," says OfficeTeam executive director Robert Hosking. "Watching a game together or holding friendly contests provides opportunities for employees to build team spirit."

Whether you’ve got March Madness in your virtual office or you work flex-time in a traditional office space—or you have some other alternative workplace strategy—here are five tips to help you stay focused on work during the game season:

1. Don't get benched. Before checking scores online or participating in game-related activities at work, review company policies so you know what's acceptable and what's not. If you are working from a virtual office, just check the scores during your break or normal lunch hour.

2. Take the occasional time out. If your firm allows it, enjoy quick breaks to discuss tournament highlights with coworkers, but don't let these talks sideline you from other responsibilities. If you're a die-hard fan, consider requesting time off to watch the playoffs. If you are a virtual office user, you can IM about it.

3. Set up a game plan. If you want to take a day off to enjoy a sporting event, ask your supervisor as far in advance as possible so workloads can be managed. There may be many others with the same idea. Or you can workshift from your virtual office with a commitment to getting the work done by the next morning.

4. Don't step out of bounds. Review your company's policy and find out ahead of time if your employer is OK with decorating your workspaces to support your favorite colleges. If you work from a virtual office, you have no restrictions!

5. Be a good sport. Regardless of team allegiances, show proper sportsmanship in the office. Leave your overly competitive streak at home. Then again, if you are in a virtual office you can jump, shout and dance all you want when your team wins the game.
Read more...

Davinci Virtual Rolls Out Android Virtual Office App

NEW YORK-That’s right. Following the roll out of our iPhone virtual office app we are now offering Android users everywhere an app all their own.

"By launching our Android app shortly after our iPhone app release, we now enable most of our client base to interact with the Davinci Virtual Communication Services from their mobile devices—no matter if Android or iPhone," says Bill Grodnik, CEO of Davinci Virtual Office Solutions.

The new mobile app lets Davinci Virtual Office clients make VOIP calls from their mobile phone over Wi-Fi. If you are an Android user, you can also receive, view and send faxes from anywhere in the world via this virtual office app.

Guess what? You can also search and listen to voicemail messages, make conference calls from your mobile device via the Davinci Virtual platform and much more using our virtual office app. It works for Android smartphones and tablets alike.

Davinci Virtual provides virtual office solutions to more than 10,000 companies and entrepreneurs in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Central America, Asia and Australia. We offer more than 850 virtual office locations including virtual offices in New York, virtual offices in Miami, virtual offices in LA, virtual offices in Denver and any other metropolitan area throughout the world. Clients can choose from Live Receptionist Services, Prime Business Addresses and Flexible Meeting Spaces -- instantly -- online.

With the iPhone and Android mobile virtual office apps,  it’s easier than ever to find the location nearest you and make calls, send faxes and stay productive on the go.
Read more...

Get the Balance Back In Your Career With a Virtual Office

NEW YORK-Are you out of balance in your career? That's the question Deborah Brown-Volkman, president of Surpass Your Dreams, is asking. As we explore this question and its answer, let's consider how a virtual office could help.

So, again, are you out of balance in your career? Brown-Volkman says you know you are when your career is all you think about; when you worry constantly about where your career is headed; and when you believe that you can't be happy until your career problems are solved.

"Balance is a tough concept is today's workplace. There are more demands, more stress, and more reasons to feel dissatisfied or unfulfilled by what you do. You may want to be balanced, but don't know where to start. Or, you may have tried, but balance seems to be this elusive concept you can't achieve," says Brown-Volkman. "Being out of balance from time to time is normal. But when your career takes over your life and becomes your sole focus, it's time to do something about it. Balance is important because it gives you the ability to see your situation clearly. Clarity brings focus. Focus brings options. Options bring solutions."

So how do you get back into balance? Volkman-Brown offers three steps: recognize that your career is only a slice of the pie, stop obsessing, and take your focus off your career. A virtual office can help you get back into balance.

For example, Brown-Volkman says when you focus solely on one aspect of your life, you lose perspective and when perspective is lost, so is hope and momentum. When you work from a virtual office you set yourself up for greater work-life balance. You are more productive because you aren't commuting. And you can workshift in response to emerging family needs, even something as simple as an morning recital at your daughter's elementary school.

With the stronger work-life balance that virtual offices can bring, you can stop obsessing over what you aren't getting done and get your mind on what you can do for others. "Life is about making a difference and helping others," Volkman-Brown says. "When you take the focus off yourself, that's when the miracles happen. Your career gets better when you get better and when you feel better about yourself."
Read more...

Virtual Office Benefits Getting More Media Attention

NEW YORK-It seems like many businesses are allowing their employees to work from home at least part of the time. Several of my employees have asked about this. What are some pros and cons of the telecommuting model, and are there some traps to avoid?

That’s the question Bob Dahms, a business counselor with the Bellingham chapter of SCORE, set out to answer in a recent column in the Bellingham Herald.  I’ve pulled out a couple of especially cogent points as they relate to virtual office users.

“Telecommuting is appropriate for information or knowledge workers or others who can produce a work-product off site. They can then either bring or transmit it to the physical workplace, usually in electronic form,” Dahms writes. “This concept started pretty low-tech with the advent of small fax machines in the 1990s. But look at what's changed recently. Along came email; high speed internet; laptops; YouTube; the social media explosion; smartphones; texting and IM-ing; video conferencing. And now you can buy an eight-gigabyte USB thumb drive, which didn't even exist just a few years ago, for around $10.”

Dahms then listed a slew of benefits for telecommuting from the employer’s standpoint. These are the same sorts of benefits I’ve been trumpeting about virtual offices for years now.

    • Virtual offices reduce commute costs and wear and tear on vehicles.

 

    • Virtual offices eliminate commute time completely.

 

    • Virtual offices offer a more flexible schedule.

 

    • Virtual offices let you work in more casual attire.

 

    • Virtual offices improve workforce satisfaction and retention.



I could go on and on—and I have in other articles. The bottom line: telecommuting from a virtual office offers a growing laundry list of benefits for employers, employees and the environment. With Telework Week just behind us, the latter is especially apparent. About 65,000 people pledged to telecommute last week. The Telework Exchange figures they saved a collective $5.1 million and 6.1 million pounds of pollution.

Read more...