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Eliminating Email?

March 3, 2011 16:46:45.000

Ok, this is just silly. A French consulting firm wants to get rid of internal emails and "use social platforms" instead:

Another French consulting and services company, Atos Origin, has similar designs for a social media transformation: Chairman and CEO Thierry Breton wants to eliminate internal e-mail from the company within three years, replacing it with social platforms, he announced in February. "E-mail is on the way out as the best way to run a company and do business," he said.

Why? I understand that email can be overwhelming (I get well over a hundred emails to my gmail box per day, and that doesn't count the ones I get from work), but: email does serve a purpose, and it's slightly different than the way social media works. If nothing else, you can track emails centrally, which is necessary in some legal contexts.

An old phrase comes to mind: it's a poor workman who blames his tools....

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posted by James Robertson


Re: Eliminating Email?

[Troy Brumley] March 3, 2011 21:54:54.681

There are communications in email that do belong elsewhere. Unfortunately, every tool I've seen misses the mark, be it share point, IM, twitter, wave, whatever.

Re: Eliminating Email?

[Ikem Nzeribe] March 4, 2011 8:06:00.566

I completely agree. Email is over-stretched, but it is point-to-point and useful. The key lies in it's management, not in it's abandonment.

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