The corporate world is rapidly moving towards a paperless revolution, with many industries currently moving towards digitalisation or planning to in the near future. Nationwide scanning solutions company Pearl Scan is at the forefront of this trend, helping businesses across all sectors digitalise client records, invoices, books, documents and an array of other resources.
The paperless office movement has been a long time coming, with a paperless society predicted in 1978 by Frederick Wilfrid Lancaster. In 2008 The Economist reported the paperless office was on its way as more people started to rely on technology, and in 2013 Adobe reports 87% of respondents have a mostly digital office, with 59% wanting to be more digital.
The NHS is aiming to be paperless by 2018, due to a report finding the health service could save billions of pounds a year and improve care by making the digital switch. Pearl Scan claims almost all businesses can save money and improve performance and productivity by transferring hard copy documents into digital formats.
Naveed Ashraf, Managing Director at Pearl Scan said, "Regardless of the industry you work in, the future is digital. Scanning documents and records and keeping them on a digital system allows fast access and solves the solution of running out of physical office space. Companies can be more efficient, more eco-friendly and improve compliance by switching everything over to digital."
Reducing office clutter and saving space is often the trigger for businesses to assess their needs and seek out a scanning solution. However, there are many other benefits to switching to a paperless office: cutting down a company's environmental footprint, boosting green credentials and CSR, improving productivity and protecting important records from damage or theft.
Ashraf added, "Every business can benefit from joining the paperless office revolution – whether it's a brand new start-up or a well-established company. The process might take longer if you have 50 years' worth of documents to scan, but the advantages will be more than worth it."