Email is dead…long live?

A recent article in the news caught my eye – a major UK company was seriously considering banning email as an internal form of communication. The company concerned was aware that the vast majority of internal (and probably external) emails were pointless and if the time taken to open and read were taken into account, the amount of lost time was considerable.

Actually this  is not a new concept and has been discussed for some time – the success of email as a concept has been its own failing. It is so easy now to send off a quick email without giving it a lot of thought which has been the cause of many an embarrassment. Plus the fact that emails to the whole of an international group advising of cakes in the kitchen of the Bristol office does not exactly add anything to ongoing productivity.

Is there an alternative? Well yes – there are many. But they all revolve around using social media as a mode of internal communication. Possibly easier to manage …. and more importantly, easier to ignore… social media very much has a place in the work environment if used responsibly.

Is it better than email? Possibly in the right circumstances but where any media is used to excess, or more to the point because people get lazy (we have all experienced receiving an email from someone sitting at the next desk!)  it is going to fail through over use.

And of course, he main problem with email is the sheer volume of the stuff. Returning from vacation to an inbox literally overflowing was hundreds or thousands of emails, the majority of which are valueless is not an enticing prospect. In fact I know someone who, when on vacation, says in his out of office message that all incoming emails will be automatically deleted. If it is important resend it when I’m back. A brave, but very practical approach.

As for social media, the latest statistics state that the vast majority of the younger generation ( whoever that may be) use it in preference to email and where they lead I am sure the rest of us will follow.

The Cloud is truly international

I have been spending the last couple of days in Copenhagen on one of my regular visits to E-conomic’s HQ to get up to date with the latest developments and future plans. Some exciting things on the horizon so watch this space.

I always get a buzz when I visit the offices here – the place is humming with enthusiasm and there is a great team working away on different aspects of the system. Since I last came earlier in the year, they have taken an additional floor which is rapidly filling up with new team members to service the ever increasing demands of a modern software house.

I was particularly struck this time by the international nature of the team. I have been introduced to team members from Denmark (of course), Norway, and Sweden; as well as the US, Spain, France, Germany and Finland. All of these guys and gals are fluent in English, Danish as well as their own language and are on board to provide support to the various countries now using E-conomic.

It makes me, who is just about fluent in English, feel very inadequate. But more importantly it highlights the know no boundaries of much in the Cloud world.