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16.45 GMT. Some interesting statistics from the presentation by Kirk Koenigsbauer, General Manager for Office Servers at Microsoft, during the ‘Technology Futures’ session at IBF 24:
- organisations have created more data in the past seven years than in all previous years combined
- 90 per cent of employees work in locations other than their head office
- 50 per cent of employees do not work in the same office as their manager.
Kirk quoted these figures to underline the challenge technology chiefs face in balancing the demands of end users – particularly the ‘millennial’ generation of internet-savvy recruits – with the equally pressing need to drive costs and complexity from their information architectures.
It is on this premise that Microsoft is shaping its strategy for Sharepoint, which has now notched up over 100 million licences and earned the software giant $1 billion in revenue.
Kirk, who has global responsibilities for Sharepoint technologies, listed collaboration and search as two of his current priorities. Echoing a recent Forrester Research report, he confirmed that social computing was no longer a fad, but warned of the risks associated with losing control of the infrastructure.
On search, he predicted that the next generation of finding tools would transform the way organisations function. Citing Amazon.com as an example, he noted how search is already being used by websites to generate content and create unique user experiences. The same trend will soon be evident behind the firewall, he claimed, delivering potentially huge gains in organisational performance.