Recent results from a survey conducted by document management solutions provider, Margolis have revealed that almost half of businesses either believe they could go paperless by the end of 2015 or already have gone paperless. What the data suggests is that many organizations are now recognising the paperless office as a realistic goal and benchmark for efficiency.
30% of businesses believed that they could go paperless at some point this year, whilst 18.7% declared that they were already embracing an electronic way of working. Results still showed a small amount of animosity to embracing this change, as 6% of those surveyed said that they didn’t want to go paperless. Overall the findings reflect a substantial shift for business practice and the document management industry on the whole.
Margolis’ data was further supported by results surrounding usage of the cloud. When asked how often they used the cloud, the majority of respondents (56% – all business owners), answered daily or more frequently. This clearly demonstrates the significant rise in cloud usage in recent years and a growing dependency on being “connected” both at work and at home.
Margolis Director, Richard Shaw said: “We are pleasantly surprised by the openness that we have seen from the businesses surveyed. The results show a much greater awareness of the advantages that paperless document management and storage can provide. Typically, there has been a great deal of reluctance towards the paperless office, due to the logistics involved, but that resistance seems to declining.
“To see businesses actively pursuing and having the ability to meet the goal of being paperless is an exciting time for our industry and reflects an understanding of the benefits of document management as a reliable business option.”