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Strange. You Never See Captain Kirk with a Stack of Paper

By Thomas Schneck • 2 Nov 2017

Check out just about any science fiction movie or television show and you’re likely to see a few things. Captain Kirk with Paper.jpg

Flying cars. Check.

Digital communicators. Check.

Teleportation. Check.

Paper documents. Not so fast.

I’ve never seen Captain Kirk with a paper document. Or Captains Picard, Sisko, Janeway or Archer, either, for that matter. 

Companies also have the goal of a paperless future – 79% say business-at-the-speed-of-paper will be unacceptable in a few years’ time – and yet … and yet …

According to AIIM, for 19% of organizations, the amount of paper flowing through their business processes is still increasing.

There are a lot of reasons for the continued popularity of paper.  These include:

Why do you think there is still paper in so many of your business processes? 

 

Staff prefer paper for handling/reading/notes

47%

Lack of management initiatives or mandates to reduce it

47%

Lack of understanding of paper-free options

39%

We need physical signatures on paper

30%

Suppliers and customers continue to send us paper

23%

Long term records keeping

16%

Legal admissibility will be compromised

15%

Our regulators still insist on it

11%

We are required to maintain a hybrid paper/digital environment

11%

One thing is clear, with or without science fiction to clue us in: leading organizations will not use paper as a form of record or documentation, but rather a temporary viewing convenience.

It’s time to step into the future – a future of digital documents and digitized processes. Sound far-fetched? It’s not. The capability is here now, and cloud solutions make it easier than ever before.

Plan Your Move to Cloud Office Automation 

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