Information Overload Comes of Age

Basex, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Symantec, and others join forces to combat IO

It will come as no surprise to regular readers of this space that we are writing about information overload.  Perhaps a few of you may even be thinking “oh no, not another information overload column.”  But, dear reader, please continue as we have something new and important to tell you.

Information Overload Research Group (IORG)

I am pleased to announce the formation of the Information Overload Research Group, an industry consortium.  Companies large and small, among them Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Clear Context, and Basex, are joining forces to combat the onslaught of information that faces perhaps as many as a hundred million knowledge workers worldwide each day.

IORG Inaugural Event
Please consider attending the inaugural IORG event, a multi-disciplinary conference addressing cultural and technical considerations and solutions around the problem of information overload.  The one-day event, of which I am conference chairman, is to be held on July 15, 2008 at the Penn Club in New York City.  The day will feature senior executives in the trenches (discussing their experiences in addressing the problem of Information Overload within their organizations) including Max Christoff from Morgan Stanley and Nathan Zeldes from Intel.  It also features a Visionary Vendor panel where we’ll hear from companies offering new and innovative solutions that are already helping companies lessen the impact that Information Overload has on their organizations.  Sign up to attend today.

Information Overload Strategies Multi-Client Study
Our two-year program in this area continues and dozens of companies and thousands of knowledge workers are joining in by taking surveys and participating in interviews.  If your organization isn’t already a participant, sign up now.
Press Coverage of Information Overload
Information Overload was in the news again.  This past Saturday, the New York Times  ran a front page story by Matt RIchtel on the topic.  The day before, Maggie Jackson’s excellent look at IO came out in Business Week.    All in all, there were many dozens of stories around the world, all citing our research and many quoting our analysts.

Jonathan B. Spira is CEO and Chief Analyst at Basex.

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