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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:


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:


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.

Why You Should Ask About Virtual Offices in Your Next Job Interview


Survey Points to Virtual Offices as Employee Recruiting, Retention Tool

Are you concerned about keeping your top performers and attracting new ones this year? Why not try sweetening the pot with non-monetary benefits that won’t break the bank? How about a virtual office?

When CFOs were asked about the perks they plan to offer or are already offering, subsidized training and education topped the list at 29 percent, followed by flexible schedules or telecommuting (24 percent) and mentoring programs (24 percent). So says a survey from Accountemps.

Let’s zero in on flexible schedules and telecommuting. At 24 percent, that’s a strategy worth noting. In fact, it would do away with some of the others, like free or subsidized lunch or snacks (11 percent), onsite perks such as childcare, dry cleaning, fitness center and cafeteria (11 percent), and subsidized transportation (10 percent).

"On the heels of the recession, perks are a cost-effective way employers can reward and retain staff and attract new employees. The most popular incentives are those that aid in career development and give employees some control over their work schedules," says Max Messmer, Chair of Accountemps and author of Human Resources Kit For Dummies, 2nd Edition. “Flexible work arrangements cost little to implement but show that a company values its staff and their work-life balance needs."

Indeed, virtual office space comes at a nominal fee, even in big cities like New York. In the long run, many companies are exploring alternative workplace strategies that include virtual office space because the associated virtual office technologies are much less expensive than housing employees in a traditional office space.

So if you are looking for a way to cut costs—and keep your best and brightest employees happy—explore a virtual office space from Davinci Virtual Office Solutions.