Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Imagine your workplace without email. That fantasy (or nightmare) will soon be reality for thousands of people who work for information technology firm Atos.
The company, which has offices in the Houston area and in Norwalk, Conn., manages IT for the Olympics. Its clients include oil field services firms Schlumberger and Baker Hughes.
ABC news says Atos found that most email messages turn out to be a waste of time:
CEO Thierry Breton of the French information technology company said only 10 percent of the 200 messages employees receive per day are useful and 18 percent is spam. That’s why he hopes the company can eradicate internal emails in 18 months.
The rule would apply to 74,000 employees in 42 countries and will hit close to home for some Houstonians. In April, Atos unveiled plans to locate one of its U.S. headquarters in Sugar Land.
Breton, who served as French finance minister before heading up the IT company, told the Wall Street Journal he hasn’t sent a work email in the three years he’s led the firm; he expects employees to focus instead on communicating via instant message or through an internal social network akin to Facebook.
In a statement about the policy, Breton compared spam to smog:
“We are producing data on a massive scale that is fast polluting our working environments and also encroaching into our personal lives. At Atos we are taking action now to reverse this trend, just as organizations took measures to reduce environmental pollution after the industrial revolution.”
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
in the days of ephemera
passing dew like
morning burnt off
or in the evening moistening my soles
I used to have readers
but that was in the days of
salad and conversation
flirtation and flotation
wording and warding
off and on
remember those ways?