But while I agree with this, I often wonder whether it is just economics that makes business people choose to switch to virtual office solutions.
Based on my own experience I don’t think it is.
As a sole trader, I, like all business people, am conscious of the need to keep costs under control. However, I am also conscious of the fact that this relatively new technology offers something that I would not at one time be able to afford.
This is the ability to compete on a level playing field with the big boys.
The internet in general has opened up some great possibilities for anyone to start their own business. All that’s needed is a computer, an internet connection (and email) plus an idea.
Not only does the internet enable this to happen, it also helps keep costs low without the hassle of using your own servers.
In contrast, large corporations have until now had to install their own servers and other IT equipment; not to mention employ appropriate staff to maintain them.
As one analyst told itweb.co.za: “This isn’t just a geek thing. There’s enough evidence in Cloudonomics – the economics of cloud computing – to prove that for most businesses, the total cost of ownership of [virtual] solutions is considerably lower than for traditional on-site computing.”
But the technology offers much more than just saving money. There is a growing realisation that internet solutions also offer flexibility, agility and collaboration.