If the U.S. cut its office paper use by roughly 10 percent, or 540,000 tons, greenhouse gas emissions would fall by 1.6 million tons — equivalent to taking 280,000 cars off the road for a year
Silver Spring, MD (Vocus) April 22, 2009
In celebration of Earth Day, the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM – http://www.aiim.org), has released the top 6 reasons for organizations to immediately go green with ECM (Enterprise Content Management) technologies.
“If the U.S. cut its office paper use by roughly 10 percent, or 540,000 tons, greenhouse gas emissions would fall by 1.6 million tons — equivalent to taking 280,000 cars off the road for a year,” notes AIIM President John F. Mancini. [Source: Susan Kinsella, Gerard Gleason, Victoria Mills, Nicole Rycroft, Jim Ford, Kelly Sheehan and Joshua Martin. “The State of the Paper Industry.” The Green Press Initiative, 2007.]
“ECM technologies are one of the best kept secrets when it comes to technology investments that can help the environment. The key to making a real environmental impact – as opposed to a cosmetic one – is to think systemically about the role of paper in your organization. There has been a great deal of focus on reducing paper use through such efforts as copying on both sides of the paper. While this is important, this kind of effort only begins to touch on the kinds of paper savings that can be created by actually getting rid of paper through automating and digitizing core business processes.”
Mancini continues, “In this economy, it is not enough to simply seek environmental benefits. The key to understanding the multiplier impact of ECM technologies is that these technologies, by driving paper out of business process, create BOTH cost savings AND environmental benefits. There is no better time than Earth Day to share the ‘secret’ of green ECM technologies with a broader audience – hence our Top 6 Reasons for Going Green with ECM.”
A study of four customers by Oracle Corporation (http://www.oracle.com/products/middleware/content-management/index.html) quantifies the direct cost and environmental savings resulting from driving paper out of core processes through deployment of ECM technologies.
A full list of all Top 6 Reasons for Going Green with ECM is available at http://www.aiim.org/green-ecm/green-ecm/Top-6-Reasons-for-Going-Green-with-ECM.aspx.
Information on the green impact of ECM technologies can be found on a special section of the AIIM Web site at: http://www.aiim.org/green-ecm.
AIIM also provides a comprehensive training program on the effective implementation of ECM technologies – http://www.aiim.org/training.
AIIM (http://www.aiim.org) is the community that provides education, research, and best practices to help organizations find, control, and optimize their information. The AIIM community has grown to over 65,000 professionals from all industries and government, in over 150 unique countries, and within all levels of management including senior executives, line-of-business, and IT.
For over 60 years, AIIM has been the leading non-profit organization focused on helping users to understand the challenges associated with managing documents, content, records, and business processes. Today, AIIM is international in scope, independent, implementation-focused, and, as the representative of the entire enterprise content management (ECM) industry - including users, suppliers, and the channel - acts as the industry's intermediary.
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