Oct 28, 2008

US adults have both personal and work email accounts

More than half of working adults (53%) have both personal and work email accounts. And while 22% say they only maintain personal addresses, just 5% say that their email use is limited to a work account (of course this is what they will say).

54% of employees with personal email accounts say they at least occasionally check their personal inboxes while at work and most do so on a daily basis. Personal email spills over to the cell phone and Blackberry, too: Among employed respondents who actively use their cell phone or Blackberry for email, 44% say that most or all of the messages they send and receive are personal, while 32% say that most or all of the messages are work-related.

Another 25% say their email use is equally split between personal and work-related messages. 37% of those with work email accounts check them constantly, up from 22% in 2002, according to Pew Internet Project.

Oct 26, 2008

The future of enterprise information governance

Information is the lifeblood of any modern-day business. Companies succeed and falter based on the reliability, availability and security of their data.

A corporation's capacity to handle information depends upon a variety of factors, including engaged executives and a company culture that supports collective ownership of information.

However, strategically created enterprise-wide frameworks that define how information is controlled, accessed and used are arguably the most critical elements in a successful information management programme.

The mechanisms that enforce those frameworks, are referred to as information governance.

A survey undertaken by the Economist Intelligence Unit say that only 38% of companies have a formal enterprise-wide information governance strategy.

Fewer than half of all respondents feel that information governance is important to their company’s success today, suggesting complacency or ignorance about the need for governance structures to manage corporate information.

There are several reasons why proper information governance remains elusive, but the biggest challenge worldwide is identifying the cost/risk/return tradeoffs of managing information company-wide (40%). Enforcing policies company-wide (39%) and gaining support from department heads and line-of-business managers (35%) are also obstacles.

Oct 24, 2008

22% of Americans have to reply to work e-mails away from work

The off-hours checking of work-related email is not an act generated solely by the volition of the employee.

Some 22% of employed email users say they are expected to read and respond to work-related emails, even when they are not at work.

Blackberry and PDA owners are more than twice as likely to report that their employer expects that they will stay tuned in to email outside of the office.

Fully 48% say they are required to read and respond to email when they are away from work, according to Pew Internet Project.

Oct 20, 2008

How many Americans believe that using email increased their workload?

Most employed email users do not believe that using email has increased the amount of time they spend working overall. Just 17% attribute some increase to email, while 6% feel as though email has actually cut down the amount of time they spend working.

About the same modest number report some increase in the amount of time spent working specifically at home (16%), while 5% note a decrease. A smaller segment (10%) note an increase in the amount of time spent working at the office, while nearly the same number (7%) say email has cut down the time they spend at the office, according to Pew Internet Project.

Are you agree with these opinions?... Had email increased the amount of work in your case?

Oct 18, 2008

60% of users use e-mail on a typical day in 2008

In 2002-2008 the use of email on a typical day rose from 52% to 60%, for a growth rate of just 15%.

These new figures propel search further out of the pack, well ahead of other popular internet activities, such as checking the news, which 39% of internet users do on a typical day, or checking the weather, which 30% do on a typical day, according to Pew Internet Project.