Is email dead? TechLines debate pics

Is email dead? TechLines debate pics

Summary: Yesterday those passionate about information technology gathered to listen to a debate about the future of email, with a panelist consisting of IBM and Research In Motion executives, as well as a futurologist and an anthropologist.

TOPICS: Collaboration, IBM

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  • (Credit: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet Australia)

    IBM general manager, Lotus Software and WebSphere Portal, Alistair Rennie (centre) said that many people used email as a scapegoat for a constantly piling up workload. Part of this was the fact that email filtering wasn't up to scratch. "Our filters always lag behind where we need to be," he said. They need to be intelligent, telling you which emails to look at first, he believed.

    He also said that we need guidelines for which interactions should be done with email, with social media and face to face.

    Intel fellow and anthropologist Genevieve Bell (right) said that the best email system would re-engineer old-fashioned PAs and secretaries. "It's a highly specialised talent," she said. "We devolved it back to ourselves, and suddenly have this massive problem."

  • (Credit: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet Australia)

    The panel talked about how email is invading our personal lives. Some people even answer emails on the toilet. "It used to be such a peaceful place," O'Loghlin said.

  • (Credit: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet Australia)

    Research in Motion managing director Adele Beachley (right) said that email has in many ways become a legal record, which social media has not. Futurist Mark Pesce (left) said that this means that people are very careful about what they put in emails now.

Topics: Collaboration, IBM

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