With AIIM’s (The Association for Information and Image Management) World Paper Free Day, on 4th November, set to put the paperless office firmly back on the business agenda, Kodak Alaris is encouraging businesses to think about digital transformation in terms of becoming a ‘paper-lite’ (one which uses less paper) as opposed to ‘paperless’ operation.
Paper documents take up storage space, slow down administration and can get lost, all of which have an associated cost. As investment in technology to digitise information needs to be carefully considered by businesses, AIIM survey findings point to a strong ROI on paper-free investment with 36 per cent of business executives saying that payback is possible between three and six months.
Adam Richardson, Regional Marketing Manager at Kodak Alaris said, “when we talk about the paperless office, what we should be focusing on is not getting rid of paper entirely, but on ways that will help us manage information with greater efficiency, facilitate better sharing and collaboration, reduce costs, boost productivity and improve the bottom line. It makes business sense to digitise expensive and inefficient paper-based processes first, and as the benefits of these paper-free processes trickle throughout the organisation, it will become easier to uncover and address any barriers to becoming paper-lite in more areas.
“Whilst it’s widely accepted that paper-based processes can be inefficient, many businesses are still largely dependent on paper-based inputs and for this reason, are resistant to change. Paper is not going to go away anytime soon, the reality is that it could potentially take years to become a completely paperless office, which is why we encourage businesses to think of the paperless office in terms of being one that uses less paper, as opposed to no paper.”