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Davinci Virtual Office Solutions Opens New Headquarters

Davinci Virtual has been promising a new corporate headquarters that would allow the virtual office solutions provider to bring services to more customers for nearly a year. Today, the Salt Lake City, Utah-based company made good on its promise.

Davinci Virtual hosted a grand opening event for its newly-built North American headquarters this week. The attendant’s list was a who’s who of local political figures and business leaders, including Salt Lake City Mayor Peter Corroon and Chamber of Commerce CEO Marie Marshall.

"We were thrilled to share the opening of our new headquarters with our friends, staff, partners and our community," says Bill Grodnik, CEO of Davinci Virtual. "The new facilities will allow us to accommodate our rapid growth while providing a great work environment for our team.”

Davinci Virtual’s 25,000-square-foot facility features four virtual support centers, openly configured work spaces for management, finance, sales, customer care, and partner relations and a state-of-the-art technology hub. The new headquarters sets the stage for rapid growth of the company, which was constrained in its previous location.

Think about it for a minute. Davinci Virtual already provides virtual office solutions to more than 7,500 companies and entrepreneurs across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Central America, Asia and Australia. The company also offers over 750 virtual office locations including virtual offices in Miami, virtual offices in Dallas, virtual offices in San Francisco, virtual offices in Atlanta and any other metropolitan area throughout the world. Clients can select prime business addresses, meeting space and business support services—instantly—online.

What can Davinci Virtual do with this new space? Plenty.

"We finally were able to tailor a complete build-out to our needs,” says Davinci COO Martin Senn. “The combination of cutting edge technologies, ergonomically correct work spaces and a productivity friendly design enable us to take our mission to the next level. We are very pleased with the outcome.”


CresaPartners Discusses Alternative Workplace Strategies

Alternative workplace strategies is indeed a buzzword in corporate America. But it’s more than just a buzzword. In fact, it’s become a movement.

As companies move to adopt alternative workplace strategies-including virtual office space and virtual technologies—some are questioning if it’s really just about saving money. One reputable voice that’s raising that question is Jack Burns, a managing principal at CresaPartners.

Burns suggests the goal is to both cut real estate costs and increase productivity. This is the same philosophy of Davinci Virtual. Cutting costs on real estate could backfire if the right virtual technologies are not in place to drive productivity. Working from a home office alone doesn’t guarantee productivity increases.

Burns discusses setting realistic expectations for increasing productivity and reducing real estate expenses, including monitoring how the workplace is used day in and day out to identify trends. When this “not so easy task,” as Burns puts it, is complete, then you report on your findings.

“Most companies today find that employees will give up personal space in exchange for better technology, mobility, and/or more meeting and collaboration space,” Burns writes in his blog. “Entitlement does become a problem. Seat assignments by title-executives in the corner offices, for example need to be eliminated in order for any new workplace program to succeed. Many managers are threatened by a more mobile workforce and worry about how they can manage folks they cannot see or find. It's important they overcome their fears because technology and work styles now allow remote work both locally and globally. It's time to adopt it.”

Wise words from a veteran in commercial real estate. Davinci Virtual offers corporations the best of both words in commercial real estate: virtual offices with a bricks-and-mortar component that makes possible meeting and collaboration space. With virtual office technologies, corporate America can indeed reduce real estate expenses and drive productivity. One of the keys is putting the right infrastructure in place. Davinci Virtual can help, with virtual offices in cities around the world, from New York to London and beyond.

Troy Virtual Office Space Offers Alternative Workplace

Troy, Michigan bills itself as the best and safest city in the state, with ethnic diversity, affordable housing, A-plus schools, quality public services and a solid bond rating. Troy promises businesses will prosper in its Midwest location.

Located in the busy northern Detroit suburbs, Troy is home to more than 81,000 residents and about 5,700 businesses that employ 125,000 people. With 7 million square feet in retail space, 18 million square feet of office space and 20 million square feet of manufacturing and engineering space, Troy is indeed a prime location for new and expanding businesses Oakland County.

Whether you are a start-up business looking for an alternative workplace strategy in Troy or a business that’s expanding to this thriving area of Michigan, consider how virtual office space can help you hit the ground running for pennies on the dollar. Virtual office space is a prime alternative workplace strategy for multinational corporations that are looking for ways to cut costs on physical office space, as well as entrepreneurs that are bootstrapping the business.

Davinci Virtual offers virtual office space at the Troy Business Center at 200 East Big Beaver Road. This is a prime business address in Troy, and virtual office rents start at just $175 a month. For that monthly fee, you get a long list of benefits:

  • Prime business address

  • Mail and package receipt

  • Business support center

  • Lobby greeter

  • Client dropoff/pick-up point

  • Mail forwarding/shipping services

One of the unique aspects of the Troy virtual offices is the blend of traditional office space in the monthly package. There are 10 hours of complimentary meeting space included in your virtual office rent. You can also opt for discounted rates on meeting space packages in 16-, 20- and 40-hour increments. And if you need to use a conference room, you can rent that for an average of $25 to $40 an hour.

What if One Billion Mobile Workers Used Virtual Office Space?

You’ve heard of the explosive growth of alternative workplaces and virtual office space. But the potential is so much greater than what we see today.

According to market research firm IDC, the world's mobile worker population will pass the one billion mark this year and grow to nearly 1.2 billion people—that’s more than a third of the world's workforce—by 2013. The most significant gains will be in the emerging economies of Asia/Pacific, where a strong economic recovery and new interest in unified communications will drive healthy growth in all aspects of mobility spending.

"Vast opportunities exist for bringing a variety of mobile technologies to the world's workforce," says Sean Ryan, a research analyst in IDC’s Mobile Enterprise Software group. "Outside the United States and Japan, where mobile worker population penetration has essentially peaked, there are large worker populations that are still growing. Underserved mobile workers across all regions stand to benefit from the reach and flexibility offered by mobile solutions. While some barriers to adoption will still have to be overcome, the potential market for mobility solutions is enormous."

The opportunity may be greatest in the Asia/Pacific, but we haven’t even tapped the full potential of virtual office space in cities like New York or Los Angeles yet. It’s massive. Let’s look at some of the key findings from the IDC forecast:

The United States has the highest percentage of mobile workers in its workforce, with 72.2 percent of the workforce mobile in 2008. The U.S. will remain the most highly concentrated market for mobile workers with 75.5 percent of the workforce, or 119.7 million workers, being mobile in 2013. Can you see the virtual office possibilities here?

Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) represents the largest total number of mobile workers throughout the forecast, with 546.4 million mobile workers in 2008 growing to 734.5 million or 37.4 percent of the total workforce in 2013. At the end of the forecast, 62 percent of the world's mobile workforce will be based in the APeJ region. Another major driver for alternative workplace strategies in general and virtual offices in particular.

Western Europe's mobile workforce will enjoy a healthy compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6 percent over the forecast period to reach 129.5 million mobile workers (50.3 percent of the workforce) in 2013, surpassing the total number of mobile workers in the United States.

Japan's mobile worker population will total 49.3 million in 2013, representing 74.5 percent of its total workforce. Like the U.S., this is essentially the sustainable limit of Japan's mobile worker penetration.

The rest of the world (ROW), which is comprised of Canada and the emerging market countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMA), and Latin America, will see its mobile worker population grow to 153.2 million by 2013. As with APeJ, the low penetration of mobile workers in the total workforce (13.5 percent) signals significant growth potential in these markets.

As companies consider how to accommodate mobile workers and others with alternative workplace strategies, virtual offices are emerging as one of the most popular choices because they offer perhaps the greatest flexibility with no need for an investment in bricks-and-mortar space. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the next decade.

Virtual Offices Facilitate Alternative Workplace Strategies

According to IDC, the number of mobile workers worldwide could top 1 billion by the end of 2010. That’s almost mindboggling.

Davinci Virtual and PeopleCube are among a growing number of companies that are working from various angles to help bring alternative workplace solutions to the fore. There are software issues, culture issues, space utilization issues and more to be considered as corporations venture into alternative workplace solutions.

Davinci Virtual hits the alternative workplace challenges from the virtual office perspective. Virtual offices offer mobile workers the best of all worlds. With virtual office solutions, you can tap into call answering and call forwarding services. Davinci Virtual, for example, offers virtual receptionists that can do everything from take messages to take orders.

You can also leverage traditional office space when you need it. Whether you need day offices, conference rooms, or meeting rooms, virtual office companies like Davinci Virtual give mobile workers a more professional alternative to Starbucks.

Tomorrow, we’ll take a closer look at IDC’s study into alternative workplaces. In the meantime, check out this video on alternative workplace strategies from Tim Springer, a consultant who deals with human environment research.