|Atos Headquarters Location at Lago Maggiore|
The rules governing retention for business and legal application do not differentiate based on the type of computer tool or application, or smart phone, that may be used to create the data, but rather, the content of the data. I am not saying it can't be done. It can. However, it will take good planning, training, and auditing to make sure their policies and procedures will withstand legal scrutiny later. The ABC news article goes on to say:
When asked how employees have responded to the policy, Crouch told ABC News the overall response “has been positive with strong take up of alternative tools.”
Moreover, the CEO responsible, Thierry Breton is on point. The article reveals his bold logic:
“We are producing data on a massive scale that is fast polluting our working environments and also encroaching into our personal lives,” he said in a statement when first announcing the policy in Feburary. “At [Atos] we are taking action now to reverse this trend, just as organizations took measures to reduce environmental pollution after the industrial revolution.”
The article does not mention some of the applications, but described them as "Facebook-like." Which coincidentally, is the same way I described Rypple and Yammer. We will look to follow-up with Atos in the future to see how their approach continues to work. My hunch is it will be successful and will be emulated by many other companies trying to effectively manage their ever-growing repositories of electronically stored information. Kudos...