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On becoming a zero email company

One year ago today, Atos Origin‘s CEO and Chairman, Thierry Breton, announced Atos Origin would [like to] become a zero email company within three years.

At the time, Mr Breton said:

“We are producing data on a massive scale that is fast polluting our working environments and also encroaching into our personal lives. At Atos Origin we are taking action now to reverse this trend, just as organizations took measures to reduce environmental pollution after the industrial revolution.”

“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.”

In their press release they also reported that:

  • By 2013, more than half of all new digital content will be the result of updates to, and editing of existing information
  • Online social networking is now more popular than email and search
  • Middle managers spend more than 25% of their time searching for information
  • 2010 : Corporate users receive 200 mails per day, 18% of which is spam.”

Atos Origin has created a page on their site that expands on their position and approach – here.

I’m curious about how they are doing on their mission to become a zero email company.  Good, bad or indifferent there will be lessons here.  So, I’ve asked them – by email [oh dear!].

As for the rest of us, over the past year I think we’ve all been feeling the pressure. Virtually all “organizational” men and women are increasingly tethered to email through their mobile devises 24/7. We’re initiating, receiving and responding more.

When you add email to all of the other ways we are sending and receiving information it can all be a bit overwhelming.

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Let’s hope Atos has some good news and a few insights about their journey so far that they are willing to share! Standby.

 

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Deborah Hinton Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
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