Research shows that we will have close to 10x more information in 2011 compared to 2006, which means that organizations with paper based processes and archiving will drown in paper.
Silver Spring, MD (Vocus) October 27, 2010
Events worldwide are being organized to recognize the first Paper Free Day. In 1975, Business Week ran the article “Office of the Future,” discussing the prediction of the paperless office. Thirty-five years later, people sometimes jest about the this long awaited paperless office but the fact is, we are still moving in this direction, more importantly, we have to move in this direction.
According to AIIM’s President, John Mancini, “research shows that we will have close to 10x more information in 2011 compared to 2006, which means that organizations with paper based processes and archiving will drown in paper.” Emails, IM’s, texts, blog posts, internal organizational social sites, document copies…buried. Not only will information’s drastic increase force us to rely more on content management technologies than paper, but so will the set up of our offices. More offices are allowing telecommuting to manage human capital, boost productivity, and improve the quality of employee lives. To be successful in this future office, we need to control and optimize our information sharing policies.
Thursday, October 28th, people from the around the world are committing one day to:
1. Conscientiously make a point to not PRINT
2. Investigate a business process or technology that can cut the paper waste in your office
3. Participate or Produce a local Paper Free Day event
Events include scanning and shredding locations, discussions on information management strategies and legalities, and presentations on document imaging, digital signatures, and online collaboration space. AIIM is also supporting the initiative with resources such as an ECM Toolkit on Going Paperless and a white paper discussing the legalities of digital copies, as well as an online presentation which addresses not only how much paper we are using but what we can do about it (http://bit.ly/9pB91b and http://slidesha.re/cRVboG).
Supporters of the events or online activities will receive 30% off AIIM online certificate trainings and membership to encourage further research into the paperless office.
Paper may always linger in our offices—thank you cards, family photos, certificates of completion—but information management technologies and best practices can eliminate the paper mess which only cost companies time and dollars. It’s time our offices step into the 21st century.
For more information on Paper Free Day, please visit http://www.aiim.org/paperfreeday. Tweet #WPFD to join in on the discussion or spread the word.
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.
If you would like more information on Paper Free Day or would like to schedule an interview with John Mancini, President of AIIM, please contact Jessica Lombardo at 301-755-2636 or jlombardo(at)aiim(dot)org.
Contact: Jessica Lombardo