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6th October 2008, London, UK – In a poll of CIO Connect members, 50% of respondents said they bar access to popular social networking sites like Facebook, but many CIOs are now working to adapt these new collaboration technologies to better suit use in the enterprise.

Generation Y employees are increasingly coming to expect social networking applications in a business context. Many CIO Connect members, who represent 60% of FTSE 250 companies in the UK, believe careful deployment of Web 2.0 collaborative systems will help business tap into its intellectual capital, but enterprise variants of social networking sites and wikis will be required to meet the governance and security requirements of enterprises.

“The business benefits of these collaborative technologies and a pathway to return on investment are not yet clear,” explained Graham Otter, chair of the CIO Connect collaboration event held at the Globe Theatre in London. “But there was a strong belief that the deployment of business-focussed, collaboration technologies would result in innovation and increased productivity.”

About CIO Connect

CIO Connect is the independent networking forum for top CIOs and their direct reports. CIO Connect helps CIOs and their teams to make a greater contribution to their business through the exchange of experiences with their peers in a trusted environment. With more than 250 members, including most of the FTSE 250 companies and high-profile public-sector organisations, CIO Connect runs a comprehensive programme of events including conferences, roundtables and special interest groups. CIO Connect also offers a unique online information service, a quarterly magazine, and conducts regular research on topics of relevance to CIOs. CIO Connect supports CIOs to become an informed business and operational leader.

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