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Liam Green-Hughes

Reading you post I can't help thinking there are two problems here: 1. A communication problem between "IT people" and end users (I'm in the former category btw!) and 2. Email as a technology is struggling to cope with the demands placed on it. Firstly all systems are run by "IT people" no matter who owns them, and only good communication and team work can bring out a satisfactory outcome for both parties. As an "IT person" I have noticed how divisive an "us and them" approach can be, with a danger that arrive at a mutually acceptable solution becomes impossible, both sides can be guilty of this. Secondly, is the real problem with email accounts the lack of space or the inefficiency of the technology? Email is very annoying, it wastes space, you send an attachment to five people and it stores it five times. You can't tag incoming items. You can lose the thread of a discussion easily. It doesn't automatically categorise incoming mails (I know you can add rules, but that often isn't powerful enough). The list can go on and on. Is it possible to ever have an email inbox that is big enough to escape these frustrations or is it time to improve email as a system so it more efficiently copes with the way we work?

AJ Cann

But is there anything stopping you voting with your feet, err, fingers, and using Gmail?

grainne Conole

Yes yes yes!!! Boy do i agree with you Martin!!! tails, wags, dogs - that sort of thing... Back to filing emails - sigh


Liam - sorry, didn't mean to propogate an us and them attitude - I get on well with 'IT people'. But really, data storage in this day shouldn't be an issue, and I think the response to more email storage does reveal some (I'll never forgive myself for using this term) web 1.0 attitudes.
AJ - yes, I can sort of - but all of my official traffic comes through this email and so I can forward that easily enough, but I'd have to get others to use different systems for file sharing (as in the next post).
Grainne - you see what happens when you start a rant off!

Jed Cawthorne

Bottom line is, email was not meant for the uses we are putting to. It was certainly not meant as a document management system - whether thats massive storage "folders in the inbox" or MS advice busting 2GB .pst files.

Sure, IT should be a service unit and provide its users what they want - but within reason. Perhaps the actual budget holder would argue about the cheapness of storage ? Why do we file email at all ? Lets all use IM, telephone, face to face, web conferencing and relegate email to the electronic version of an 'official letter' :-)

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