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CIO collaboration ”crucial”

by | Dec 4, 2008

Collaborative tools should be adopted by CIOs in the style of social networks, it has been suggestedIt is crucial that chief information officers (CIOs) permit their workers to use collaborative tools, it has been suggested.

Writing for industry resource Computing, Angelica Mari explains that many CIOs might face the decision of whether to allow employees to access social networks such as Facebook.

And while doing so in working hours might pose a hazard to productivity, they are told that access should not be blocked entirely, as workers” efficiency might be enhanced by being allowed to visit the platform in their own time.

Consultant Don Tapscott tells the publication that companies could benefit from adopting practices derived from social networking as part of their workplace activities – without the need to use Facebook as a professional resource.

He explains: "There are many tools that can really aid effective collaboration and they are not necessarily costly."

Such tools could include an image viewer or document conversion application, as an extension of existing company intranets.

Tapscott adds: "You cannot possibly ban 21st century collaboration tools.

"It would be the equivalent of banning telephones because there are too many wires to install."

The use of a document conversion tool or image viewer could be particularly useful for companies aiming to get a greater hold over their unstructured data.

Computing previously reported the findings of a HP survey which discovered that firms typically believe a quarter of their data is unstructured – but that the actual proportion stands around 70 percent.ADNFCR-1861-ID-18913623-ADNFCR