French enterprise IT firm Atos has banned employees from sending emails to each other, ABC News reports, in an amazing blow in the battle against email. CEO Thierry Breton, who was the French finance minister from 2005 to 2007, apparently loathes the stuff, claiming just 10 percent of the 200 messages employees receive a day are useful and 18 percent are spam. Mr. Breton told the Wall Street Journal he has not sent an email in three years.
Atos employees now have 18 months to wean themselves off email, using instant messaging and a “Facebook-style interface,” instead. Employees have reportedly already succeeded in cutting email bloat by 20 percent in six months.
How much do we love this company? And how much do we love their Twitter? This much, we tell you. Side note: Computer Weekly just awarded the Atos CIO Agenda blog, which features topics such as “How to win when you don’t know the rules,” the “2011 CIO blogger of the year” designation. Congratulations on your lifestyle change, Atos.