The rate at which Australians adopted virtual solutions over the Internet as the new normal has been astonishing. The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy explained the value of virtualisation to Australian Business in its Australia's Digital Economy: Future Directions - Final Report. Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, put it this way:
“Many Australians are rapidly adopting technology and taking up the new opportunities to connect, collaborate and transact more effectively. Many businesses are incorporating the digital tools necessary to make their business more productive and efficient, and reach new audiences.”
The report highlights two examples of how traditional businesses have used the virtual world to more efficiently work with their suppliers and better serve the public. Within two years of implementing a broadband virtual solution, a printing firm on the Yorke Peninsula that had been in business for 110 years was suddenly able to offer high value printing by outsourcing their larger, labor intensive print runs to a contractor in Perth.
Another business highlighted in the report was a small insurance broker specialising in financial advisory. This company was able to open remote branches in cities across Australia by creating virtual offices. This case represents how even traditional businesses are using the latest Internet technologies to grow their customer base.
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