Today's Not-So-Paperless Office

By Samuel Greengard
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    Today's Not-So-Paperless Office

    Today's Not-So-Paperless Office

    Many forms and documents continue to require printing, filing, mailing, faxing and editing—and those requirements aren't likely to disappear anytime soon.

Although digital technologies have radically changed the way businesses manage documents, the need for print technology and paper records has not disappeared. Many forms and documents continue to require printing, filing, mailing, faxing and editing by hand—and those requirements are not likely to disappear anytime soon. A report from market research and consulting firm InfoTrends and Brother International, "Office Productivity and Cost Savings: Understanding the Value of Today's Print Technology," offers some interesting insights into how print technologies and processes are evolving and how organizations are using them to increase productivity and save money. Here are some of the key findings: Certain industries and some departments continue to rely heavily on printed documents. The right mix of tools, solutions and technologies—along with well-designed workflows—can greatly simplify tasks and recordkeeping, while trimming thousands of dollars per month in unnecessary expenses. This slideshow highlights some of the essential points from the report.

This article was originally published on 2016-03-23
Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).
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