Atos Origin To be E-mail Free Within Three Years

Atos Origin, Europe's third largest IT services firm, plans to become a 'zero e-mail' company within three years.

The company's chairman and chief executive Thierry Breton has taken it upon himself to kill off e-mail use within Atos Origin by starting an internal campaign that encourages employees to interact with their colleagues via social networks, instant messaging, blogs, shared intranet networks and good old face-to-face conversations.

Breton believes that the constant stream of e-mails is "polluting" the environment of the workplace.

But, a company spokesperson said that the company will still answer all e-mails sent by customers.

"We are producing data on a massive scale that is fast polluting our working environments and also encroaching into our personal lives," Breton said during a speech at a conference in Paris.

“At Atos Origin. . . we have set up collaboration tools and social community platforms, to share and keep track of ideas. Businesses need to do more of this - e-mail is on the way out as the best way to do business.”