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Unified Communications and the Virtual Office, Part 2

Yesterday we looked at how Unified Communications—a systems-based approach to unifying telephony, instant messaging, presence, and Web conferencing—and the growth is astonishing—and the virtual office go hand in hand. Today we’re going to look at more forecasts and solutions.

Forrester forecasts that the market for Unified Communications within enterprises in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific will reach $14.5 billion in 2015. IDC had previously predicted that unified communications market in EMEA alone will be worth just over $8 billion in 2010 and will grow to $16.6 billion by 2014. Either way, that’s heavy validation for the concept of Unified Communications.

"It is important for all businesses to prepare and architect their communications environments in a more unified and services-oriented manner,” says Jonathan Edwards, research analyst, Unified Communications at IDC. “And one of the most significant factors impeding UC adoption today is the lack of interoperability assurance for customers between their existing and pending communications and networking investments and purchases.”

When you look to a virtual office provider like Davinci Virtual Office Solutions, you don’t have to worry about what goes on in the background. You can simply enjoy a suite of solutions like telephony, web conferencing and video conferencing seamlessly. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has virtual offices in New York and smaller cities like Lawrenceville, Ga. Small businesses don’t have to invest tens of thousands of dollars in a Unified Communications solution when they rent virtual office space from Davinci.

Check out this video on Microsoft's Unified Communications solution, and remember that you can save a bundle with Davinci Virtual Office Solutions:

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Unified Communications and the Virtual Office, Part 1

Unified communications and the virtual office go hand in hand.

So what is unified communications? Microsoft defines unified communications as a systems-based approach to unifying telephony, instant messaging, presence, and Web conferencing—and the growth is astonishing.

According to a new study from International Data Corporation (IDC), the unified communications market in EMEA alone will be worth just over $8 billion in 2010 and will grow to $16.6 billion by 2014. That doesn't even take into account North America.

"IDC predicts moderate year-over-year growth in the next five years and believes that the impact of the credit crunch across the EMEA region will continue to make enterprises more cautious when deciding whether or not to invest in new IT equipment," says Isabel Montero, senior research analyst, unified communications and collaboration for IDC EMEA. "Budgets in this region will continue to be more closely monitored, restricted, or delayed until recovery in the economy is more notable."

The beauty of a virtual office, whether it’s in the EMEA region or U.S. cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Miami, is that the virtual office provider is making the investment into unified communications. Virtual office providers typically provide access to telephony, and web conferencing services. Some also provide video conferencing at the traditional office space that can be rented by the hour.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has a host of unified communications tools that, when combined with free instant messaging and presence tools like Skype, offer a strong case for companies exploring alternative workplace strategies.

Check out this video on unified communications and how it can help your business, then consider how simple a virtual office space makes it to tap into this trend:

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New Orleans Virtual Office Space Complete with Opportunity

When you think of New Orleans, you probably still think of Hurricane Katrina. But New Orleans’ government officials have made major headway in rebuilding business since then. and virtual office space can help you tap into the new opportunities, even from afar.

New Orleans’ target sectors include advanced manufacturing, creative and digital media, energy, petrochemicals and plastics, and trade, logistics and distribution. But New Orleans also has strong support sectors.

“An unprecedented level of activity in our region suggests a profound economic resurgence has begun. More than $20 billion is being invested in key industry sectors that will help drive our economy,” according to Greater New Orleans, the regional economic development organization. “There should be no question that the 10-parish Greater New Orleans Region is open for business and is firmly focused on welcoming and supporting new investment and development.”

That $20 billion figure should get your attention. Whether you are an entrepreneur looking for a more professional presentation to clients or a company exploring expansion opportunities in New Orleans, Davinci Virtual Office Solutions can help.

Davinci Virtual has virtual office space in New Orleans that helps you make a good first impression without breaking the bank. Located at 4640 S. Carrollton Ave. in New Orleans, you can rent virtual office space for just $99 a month.

This New Orleans virtual office space is located near Mid-City and Esplanade Ridge. You’ll get a prime business address, mail and package receipt, access to a business support center, lobby greeter, client dropoff/pick-up point, mail forwarding and shipping services, and more. You’ll even get access to a conference room for as low as $25 an hour and a day time office space for as little as $10 an hour. Finally, you’ll get your own personalized suite number. Who could ask for more?

Check out this video on the flavor of New Orleans:

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Fortune’s Best Companies Offer Telecommuting Options

Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in 2011” offers a not-so-surprising trend; not-so-surprising if you’ve been following the rise of virtual office space.

Eighty-two percent of companies in the top 100 offer telecommuting options. Within that 82 percent, 10 companies stand out as having the highest percentage of regular telecommuters. A regular telecommuter is defined as an employee that works from home at least 20 percent of the time.

So without further ado, let’s look at those top 10 companies (with some thanks from FlexJobs for parsing the data):

#63: Deloitte—86% of employees are regular telecommuters
#20: Cisco—85% of employees are regular telecommuters
#51: Intel—82% of employees are regular telecommuters
#99: Accenture—80% of employees are regular telecommuters
#82: Teach For America—80% of employees are regular telecommuters
#73: Pricewaterhouse Coopers—70% of employees are regular telecommuters
#89: Brocade Communications Systems—50% of employees are regular telecommuters
#70: S.C. Johnson & Son—40% of employees are regular telecommuters
#68: Stryker—38% of employees are regular telecommuters
#39: American Fidelity Assurance—37% of employees are regular telecommuters

Does your company offer telecommuting? This isn’t just a concept for big companies in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other major metropolitans. Even smaller companies in smaller cities can benefit from alternative workplace strategies, including virtual office space. Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has virtual offices just about everywhere, and virtual office technologies that work just about anywhere.
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Why You Should Ask About Virtual Offices in Your Next Job Interview

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