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2013 is the year to go paperless

January 29, 2013

The idea of going paperless has been a major focus for many businesses for the past few years, but few have done so successfully. However, as technology improves, 2013 may be the year to truly go paperless, or at least implement partial solutions.

According to Formtek, the term "paperless office" has been around since the 1970's, but paper usage doubled between 1980 and 2000. It wasn't until widespread adoption of the internet that businesses were able to begin seriously reducing the use of paper. The solutions to replace paper entirely still weren't quite in place though until mobile trends and cloud computer hit the scene.

Today, going 100 percent paperless may still not be feasible, but implementing certain solutions, such as paperless meetings, may be. This can help any organization, from businesses to local government offices, reduce costs and paper waste, and improve the time it takes to update records after a meeting and make that information available to the public. This is particularly important for open and transparent government initiatives.

Ultimately, a paperless solution is an excellent way to utilize some of the latest technology trends in a beneficial and versatile way. By adopting tablets, the cloud and the right support software to manage data, any organization can reduce its paper consumption and the related costs and begin operating more efficiently.