This week in the Enterprise we saw a company revert back to a more private way of doing things while the dangers of information overload became excruciatingly more clear.
It is highly likely that you occasionally feel overwhelmed by information. Whether it’s your Twitter feed, email inbox or all the different types of content generated by blogs and news feeds, you’re certainly not the only one struggling to keep up.
A recent webcast hosted by Dow Jones, a leader in news and business information, and BrightTalk, a venue for online events for professionals and their communities, aimed to help us effectively fight information overload.
Here’s what we learned about the perils of information overload:
- A minimum of 28 billion hours is lost each year to information overload in the United States.
- Reading and processing just 10 email messages can occupy over half of a worker’s day.
- It takes 5 minutes to get back on track after a 30-second interruption.
- 66% of knowledge workers feel that they don’t have enough time to complete their work.
- For every 100 people who are unnecessarily copied on an email, 8 hours are lost.
To keep from contributing to information overload, here a few helpful tips we gathered:
- Prioritize Your Workflow: Create thoughtful workflows that help workers make more intentional, mindful decisions about how they engage and collaborate.
- Practice Mindfulness: Whether it’s reading e-mail messages more carefully before they are sent or maintaining an accurate status on your instant messaging client, simple tasks can make a big difference.
- Advance Your Search: Use a variety of search engines and tools to help collect relevant and accurate content. Using advanced search options also makes us more mindful of how we search, which can save time.
- Pursue Fresh Perspectives: It seems counterintuitive, but engaging with others to discuss solutions for information overload can help. Fresh perspectives can offer advice.
Information will not go away anytime soon. Rather than being buried by it, we can stand up and decide to manage our time and information more effectively.
Meanwhile, Hashable quietly switched up their mobile business contact app this week. The redesign tightens the reins a bit by making a private approach the default setting.
Originally designed to be a public business card replacement system, the new and improved application has turned onto a private path for professionals.
As a refresher (or for all you new comers) its main functions include:
- Post (and share) who you meet with and introduce
- Show an accurate network of who you connect with the most
- Dynamic 'relationship book' updated with everyone you meet
- Discover new people by seeing who your friends are meeting
The app can still be used in the same manner it originally was, but rather than encourage users to broadcast each meeting Hashable has set the default to private.
Other adjustments place the hash button front and center, encouraging you to record your meetings. You can also add private notes about contacts and set up reminders within your calendar.
Further, the address book now lists people in reverse chronological order, based on your most recent interactions with them, and it's reportedly easier to send follow-up e-mails or Tweets right from the app.
“The service has really morphed into a mobile CRM,” explained CEO Michael Yavonditte. “Our heaviest users preferred more privacy, less broadcasting.”
Citrix moveed from heavy servers to the virtual world with the purchase of Cloud.com for around US$ 250 million.
Cloud.com has grown rapidly in just a couple of years, selling CloudStack, OpenStack and myStack to those who want their own cloud enterprise 2.0 storage and compute facilities without going the Amazon way. Now it's in the process of being purchased by Citrix, which sees the company as one to watch.
Cloud.com's myCloud offers private and hybrid cloud computing services, which could have massive appeal as companies see the advantages of the cloud, but don't want to risk all their eggs to one outage-ridden basket. Citrix could sell servers on the back of such a service and appeal outside of its traditional enterprise-heavy area of focus.
Yammer kicked out a new version of its integration with Microsoft SharePoint this week, adding a few nifty features:
- Notifications: Users can keep track of important messages and conversations happening within SharePoint.
- Profile sync: Allows users to import profile information from SharePoint into Yammer.
- Posting documents+: In addition to documents, users may post other list items such as calendar events and tasks from SharePoint to their Yammer feed.
- Light embeddable feeds: Now it's easier for customers to disperse simple versions of the Yammer feed across numerous SharePoint pages.
The improvements add to previously offered capabilities of the Yammer SharePoint Web Part, which was initially unveiled last summer.
"Adding a social layer to SharePoint drives engagement and enables users to instantly communicate about critical content and business issues," explained David Sacks, founder and CEO at Yammer. "With this new, deeper integration, SharePoint and Yammer work together to provide enterprise customers with the ultimate collaboration experience."