Businesses may start to look to technology-based alternatives to postal services as Royal Mail prepares to strike, an expert has said.

Benny Har-Evan, technology editor at IT PRO, stressed that if conventional postal services prove to be too unreliable, firms will look to alternative methods and technology could play a key role in those techniques.

He pointed towards latest software such as Windows 7, which he said is designed to make it easier for companies to connect to each other in a secure manner.

Mr Har-Evan warned however, that many businesses seem to be quite unsure about how they can share data on the internet, saying there is a security “grey area” around using technology to send sensitive data.

“There are always people using phrases like cloud computing but they are quite unsure of how they share data online,” he said.

According to ExactTarget’s recent 2009 Email Utilisation Whitepaper, email is “woven into all online interaction”, which is increasing its popularity.

Posted by Matthew Collins, Technical Director – IT Data Cleaning, Hygiene, Analytics, Databases

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