“In a survey of 1,000 middle managers at large companies in the U.S. and U.K., Accenture found that managers spend as long as two hours a day searching for information and more than half of the data they find has no value to them.”
But wait, isn’t “search” old news? Think about all we’ve read over the last couple of years about desktop search, centralizing information, new forms of collaboration. Then read:
* “Fifty-seven percent of those polled said that having to go to numerous sources to collect information makes managing data difficult.”
* “Forty percent of respondents said that other parts of their companies aren't willing to share information.”
* “Only 16 percent of managers said they store valuable data in a collaborative workplace, like an intranet portal.”
* “Just less than half – 42 percent – of those surveyed said that they accidentally use the wrong information at least once a week.”
It just goes to show that writing about a technology, even writing a lot about it, and even having all sorts of predictions about how it will take the world by storm, doesn’t mean that companies are implementing it. And even if they implement it, there’s no guarantee users will adopt it.
As we work through this latest prediction season, and as new (and often truly useful) technologies are unleashed, let’s keep in mind that many of us are early adopters, or at least early wannabe adopters, or early adopters in assessment, and that the rest of the world is just trying to make it through the day without falling too much further behind.