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IBM Lotus Adds Handles to Information Overload

April 5, 2010 | Posted By

Source: IT Jungle
Author: Dan Burger
Date: January 25, 2007

IBM Lotus has every intention of using Britney Spears. Not as a spokesperson, for God sakes, but as an example. Spears dominates the social networking phenomenon like Big Blue wishes it could. Specifically, Lotus wants to apply social networking to business processes and team collaboration efforts. Not that Britney doesn’t mean business, but IBM has very different ideas about putting social networking tools into the hands of business professionals in organizations around the world.


Information Overload – The Movie

April 5, 2010 | Posted By

Source: Basex
Author: Basex
Date: March 2009

Welcome to the age of information overload

April 5, 2010 | Posted By

Source: IBM
Author: NA
Date: NA

Of all the tools we use in the modern office, few are the double-edged sword that e-mail has become. Once a method for quick and easy communication, e-mail has evolved into a time-consuming—but necessary—evil in today’s workplace. In fact, the average user spends over 30% of his day creating, organizing, reading and responding to e-mail.

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Managing Communication Overload

April 5, 2010 | Posted By

Source: Forbes
Author: Alistair Rennie
Date: March 23, 2010

IBM discusses unified communication and collaboration.

In today’s business world we all face pressure. Pressure to be more productive, more responsive, do more with less and get closer to our customers. We partner with our competitors and compete with them too. We face increased pressure to acquire, to be acquired, to downsize, to right-size and at the same time, to always be compliant and green.


FAA Teams With IBM On Cybersecurity

April 4, 2010 | Posted By

Source: InformationWeek Government
Author: J. Nicholas Hoover
Date: March 30, 2010

The Federal Aviation Administration has begun a research and development pilot aimed at helping the agency detect and react to hackers before they have a chance to attack FAA systems, IBM and the FAA announced Tuesday.

The pilot makes use of recently released IBM software called InfoSphere Streams, which was developed in conjunction with the Department of Defense and can perform realtime analytics on heavy throughput data streams of up to millions of events or messages per second.


Information Overload: We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us

April 1, 2010 | Posted By

Source: Basex
Author: Jonathan Spira et al
Date: 2007

Information Overload: We Have Met The Enemy And He Is Us

Information Overload: We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us, a 26-page report, looks at strategies companies can use to cope with information overload, including ten tips designed to ease the burden immediately.

End-user case studies in the report include Intel (including an interview with Nathan Zeldes of Intel, who is in charge of the company’s fight against Information Overload), Morgan Stanley, and Citrix. The now well-known January 2007 information overload summit, which included executives from Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Google, Morgan Stanley, as well as eminent academicians, is also discussed.

Information is the new currency of our society yet workers are drowning in information. A typical worker gets 200 e-mails, dozens of instant messages, multiple phone calls (office phone and mobile phone), and several text messages, not to mention the vast amount of content that he/she has to contend with. “It’s not unlike the game of Tetris, where the goal is to keep the blocks from piling up. You barely align one and another is ready to take its place” says the report.

Information overload has become a significant problem for companies of all sizes, with some large organizations losing billions of dollars each year in lower productivity and hampered innovation. Interruptions alone cost companies in the U.S. $650 billion per year.

Most managers and companies have failed to realize how these numbers add up to impact their bottom line. It’s not just a case of too much e-mail, too many interruptions, too many projects, and too much content. It’s all these things clashing — sometimes like an orchestra without a conductor.

As a member of IORG, you are entitled to a single-user license for this report. 

To download the report, click here: InformationOverload.BasexReport

Lotus Project Vulcan Aims to Reduce Information Overload

January 27, 2010 | Posted By

IBM described Project Vulcan as “a blueprint for the future of collaboration.” Still in its infancy, the “blueprint” is a software seedling developer environment that will be posted on LotusLive Labs in the second half of the year. However, the overarching message is that Project Vulcan aims to reduce “the growing problem of personal information overload.”


IBM's WorldJam

January 5, 2010 | Posted By

Source: Basex
Author: Jonathan Spira
Date: May 29, 2001

Over the past few weeks, I was one of the very few outsiders to be briefed on – and view in action – WorldJam, a 72-hour-long online community event hosted by IBM to which all of its 320,000 employees were invited.  Although I will be writing about this in greater depth in an upcoming research report, I wanted to share some initial observations and insights with you.

WorldJam is a set of tools and an environment that were integrated to support a 72-hour online community brainstorming session.  The goals were threefold:

1.)    To tackle ten “thorny” business problems
2.)    To report to colleagues on best practices
3.)    To “jam” with friends and colleagues


Too Much Collaboration

January 5, 2010 | Posted By

Source: Corrante
Author: David Coleman
Date: July 27, 2005

A recent CNET article noted that the typical office worker is interupted every three minutes by an e-mail, IM, phone call, etc. If you are working on something creative, it takes about 8 minutes for our brains to get into that state. With all these distractions how is anyone able to get anything done?

The result, says Carl Honore, journalist and author of “In Praise of Slowness,” is a situation where the digital communications that were supposed to make working lives run more smoothly are actually preventing people from getting critical tasks accomplished.

“People are ultraconnected. And you know what? Now they are starting to realize, ‘Wow, I want to actually stop getting interrupted.'” Notes Chris Caposella a VP in the Microsoft Information Worker Business Unit.


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