I was wrong: Email will not die, but like everything else it will change. Soon, very soon…


For years I have been traveling around preaching on emails death. Now I have to admit I was wrong all the time. Because email is a great way to send messages even if it’s not fast enough and efficient enough for todays need for speed in execution of our jobs.

Therefore email has to change. It has to become more than only an in/out box of messages. Millions of people misuse email for everything they need to communicate, even though picking up the phone is faster. And by using email the wrong way they get more and more unproductive.

So email has to change. It has to get more functionality to help us focus on the important things and remove the unimportant things. It must help us focus and not spam us with information we don’t need to get our necessary things done. I did a 20 minute speech about this on TEDx with a lot of tips on how you can “do less and get more done”.

So email has to change. It has to become a productivity tool, not solely a communication tool. My friend and colleague, Louis Richardson, has a great presentation of how email might become in the future. The very near future!

3 Comments

  1. As much as I love Louis and IBM, I see a problem that email solves for people, accountability. Until something else is as ubiquitous across all spectrums, there will be problems in the enterprise space. And email will survive until that time.

  2. This presentation is typical for IBM’s problem to show how a product or a technology can help to solve real problems. Most of the slides show only pictures from people in different situtations with meaningless text fragments. I do not believe that IBM Mail Next will be succesfull when IBM is not changing the way they use to create their products.

    1. Sorry for my late response.

      IBM Verse was developed in close collaboration with customers and business partners based on their needs and advice. How would you like new solutions to be developed?

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