InfoTrends Study Seeks to Understand the Future of Scanning

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InfoTrends has recently completed a new study entitled Future of Scanning. This study examines current usage and activities as well as forward-looking suppositions from decision makers in specific paper-intensive vertical markets to gauge variations and existing opportunities.

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Single function distributed and centralized scanners were once the purveyors of specific application and process work, but it is evident that there is a shift to devices such as MFDs as well as smartphones and tablets.

InfoTrends has recently completed a new study entitled The Future of Scanning. This study examines current usage and activities as well as forward-looking suppositions from decision makers in specific paper-intensive vertical markets to gauge variations and existing opportunities. InfoTrends looks to understand what the future holds for document scanning and capture solutions as well as the associated devices as business is faced with more and more demands to be primarily digital.

Business tasks such as printing, copying, and scanning are very common in all sizes and areas within companies. Scanning has transformed from a means to archive and store specific documents to a method for all knowledge workers to create digital files to interact, share, communicate, and manage. A pursuit to automate business processes has led more organizations to assess paper processes to root out inefficiencies and to better optimize the inadequacies that exist. As more processes are automated and paper processes are transformed into a more digitized state, the future of paper and scanning is changing. Simultaneously, mobility and mobile technology advancements generate added opportunities to transition how content and paper are consumed and managed.

The principle tenants of this multi-client study are to understand and identify the major trends and drivers for scanning solutions within five key vertical areas, specifically by:

  • Understanding the ownership and use of scanning devices
  • Identifying the level of integration of scanning devices among vertical specific processes
  • Determining satisfaction with scanning solutions
  • Accessing attitudes in regards to mobile and cloud technology

“Scanning is a pervasive task across all businesses,” says Anne Valaitis, Director of InfoTrends’ Image Scanning Trends and Professional & Managed Print Consulting Services. “Knowledge and process workers have ramped up activity over the last few years—often driven by a need to be more efficient, streamlined, and modernized. Software solutions that support scanning have developed into sophisticated middleware that provides connections to a host of back office and process platforms. Single function distributed and centralized scanners were once the purveyors of specific application and process work, but it is evident that there is a shift to devices such as MFDs as well as smartphones and tablets.”

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