Written by Thomas Schneck with DocuWare
Check out just about any science fiction movie or television show and you’re likely to see a few things.
Flying cars. Check.
Digital communicators. 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 practices?|
|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 automation today, contact Miken Technologies to schedule an appointment with a representative!