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Could An Electronic Way To Sign A Business Document Open The Way To Paperless?

Bob Larrivee of information management leadership group AIIM shares some intriguing insights from its recent probe into the mysterious residual power of the magic ‘signature’

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The Paperless Office – Four Shocking Figures which show how far we still have to go

By Jennifer Van Lent, Channel & Solution Marketing Director EMEA, DICOM After so many years of hearing about the paperless office, aren’t we well on our way to achieving this already?  Well, according to the global community of information professionals, AIIM, yes – and no. In their Industry Watch Report “Winning the Paper Wars”, 41% of participating organizations reported that paper is being reduced…but in 19% of organizations, the use of paper is still increasing. What are we hearing? How can paper be increasing? And what about the 59% of organizations where paper is NOT being reduced? Feedback from our clients, channel, and technology partners sheds some light on this topic: Budgets – yes, lack of budget is still being cited as a reason not to automate processes. But with cloud and mobile technology enabling lower costs, flexible pricing models – such as pay-per-scan or volume pricing – this brings the possibility of automation to even the smaller organizations. Perception

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Today Is World Paper Free Day! So What Are You Doing About It?

        By Doug Miles, Director of Market Intelligence for AIIM, the global community of information management professionals. Don’t touch that printer! Step away from the fax machine! And get your hands off that paper you were just about to start circulating among the team. Why? Well, did you know that today – Thursday, October 24, 2013 – is the 4th World Paper Free Day. If you’re not aware of this idea, it was put together a couple of years ago by our organisation of information professionals AIIM to create awareness about the usefulness of seamless, paperless office processes – and how much more preferable electronic communications are when you don’t change the media they’re conducted in. You might be more convinced about the value of the campaign when you appreciate that for 49% of global organisations contacted recently by security giant Symantec, information is their true centre of value. And so wouldn’t it be nice to make

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Can We Stop Talking About Paperless Offices, Please?

By Andes Loukianos, Sales and Marketing Director at Touchstone FMS Everyone seems to be talking about the paperless office – then bemoaning the fact that we continue to print large amounts of paper. This leads us to the debate, paperless office: reality or pipedream? Is paperless even worth striving for? It does seem to be the case that people prefer to print out and read documents they have received, rather than stare at a screen. Maybe we are kidding ourselves and a paperless office is a fantasy? This is a fundamental question for us in the document management world. But I think the terms of the whole debate need to be recast. This isn’t an issue about trying to eliminate paper from  the whole business process – if we judge it by that criterion, of course, the paperless office will never happen. But that isn’t what we’re trying to do! When we talk about document management, we need to forget

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