When Mr. Thierry Breton, the CEO and Chairman of Atos Origin – one of biggest information technology companies in the world addressed attendees at one of the company's innovation press conference, early this year, he mentioned something about being a 'zero e-mail company' in the next three years. Breton listed the challenges organizations face at the moment owing to the recent phenomena of data explosion.
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He stated, “The volume of emails we send and receive is unsustainable for business. Managers spend between 5 and 20 hours a week reading and writing emails. They are already using social media networking more than search, and spend 25 per cent of their time searching for information. At Atos Origin, for example, we have set up collaboration tools and social community platforms, to share and keep track of ideas on subjects from innovation and Lean Management through to sales. Businesses need to do more of this – email is on the way out as the best way to run a company and do business.”
Instead, he showed faith in improved communication applications as well as new collaboration and social media tools. Now, Atos has pledged to completely eradicate e-mails as the source of communication between Atos Origin employees.
Do you see corporations in India following something similar? Are we nearing the end of 'e-mail for office communication' age?