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Gartner Predicts that by 2013, More than 25 Per Cent of the Content that Workers See in a Day will be Dominated by Pictures, Video or Audio

(PresseBox) (Stamford, Conn., ) The popularity of video among consumers will fuel a similar interest in video within businesses, leading to the severe disruption of existing content strategies, according to Gartner Inc.

The proliferation of video within the organisation will require numerous modifications in content authoring training and procedures, information management strategy and improvements in analytic technologies. Information managers, architects, record managers and content creators will all need to adjust their strategic plans accordingly.

"Consumerisation has become a force of unmatched potency in the past and the same will be true when it comes to the explosive spike in the popularity of consumer online video, fuelling a similar interest in video within businesses," said Whit Andrews, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "Video use on the web is growing swiftly, with 73 per cent of the internet audience watching a video online at least monthly - that is about 90 million viewers."

Mr Andrews said that businesses that see such growth as irrelevant to their operations risk alienating themselves from customers who start to request video communication services. He said the typical first uses of video for commercial entities have been for promotion, generating contests where users are encouraged to submit creative or funny videos to compete for prizes or for part of a promotion.

According to a Gartner survey of 800 end-user organisations in July 2008, software for the management of images and video is the fastest-growing segment of the content management market, with just 44 per cent of businesses having such products today but 22 per cent intending to install it in 2009.

"The wave of content management products aimed at satisfying simple content management problems through consumer-attractive capabilities like blogs and wikis will surge through digital asset management (DAM)," said Mr Andrews. "Users who film their children and pets at home and upload the results to the internet in minutes will not accept onerous restrictions of inflexible security, access controls or forced metadata schemes in the workplace."

Gartner believes that the popularity of simple DAM will force various technological problems to be solved, such as the ability to incorporate video simply into other document types. Such uses are likely to be so compelling and the demand for them so great that by 2013, more than 25 per cent of the content that workers see in a day will be dominated by pictures, video or audio.

Internet video is also driving interest in shorter bite-size videos. Consumerist expectations are intriguing customers as they see the possibility for improved search ability in rich media as well. The ability to search within a collection of videos, owned or uncontrolled, is an inevitable flare in the content market for the business.

Ultimately, according to Mr Andrews, enterprise search will subsume video search as simply another format, just as it is doing with audio, and as it did with graphical media before that. Video search will incorporate elements of social networking, social tagging, metadata extraction and application, video and audio transcription and conventional enterprise search to make it possible to find videos.

Additional information is available in the Gartner report "Video Killed the Document Czar." The report is available on Gartner's website at http://www.gartner.com/....

About Gartner Deutschland GmbH

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the indispensable partner to 60,000 clients in 10,000 distinct organizations. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,000 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and consultants in 80 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

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