I recently ran into a guy coming out of church who asked me, "Do you work at AIIM?" Now, I would like to think that all of us working in the trenches as content management evangelists are famous, but truth be told, we are all a bit more of a niche than we would like to admit. So my surprised response was, "Yes, how do you know AIIM?"
He said, "I used to work at NMA [National Micrographics Association, the predecessor of AIIM] back in the late 70s."
My response, "Wow, that's great. What were you working on?"
He responded, "I was hired to set up a conference on the Paperless Office."
Sigh. Well, well, well. Some things don't change.
But we are making progress. Many of you were participants in World Paper Free Day (#wpfd) a few weeks ago. Thank you. There were some VERY creative participants -- I capture a few of the more creative Twitterites in these two posts:
- Report from the Field -- #WPFD -- Cool Images -- Part 1
- Part 2 -- 13 Awesome #WPFD Posts - Check them out
Here's a sample -- 8 things you need to know about the current state of going paperless
- Only 17% work in what could be described as a paper-free office. 31% admit their office is piled high with paper documents and paper processes. 40% still use paper for filing “important stuff”, and 56% are wed to signatures on paper for contracts and order forms.
- 20% report that their consumption of paper is increasing.
- The number of organizations actively looking at every process for paper elimination has grown from 9% in 2014 to 16% in 2015.
- Lack of management leadership and individual preferences are the top two reasons why there is still so much paper around. 39% feel there is a general lack of understanding of paper-free options.
- 40% of organizations report that more than half of their invoices are now delivered electronically - but 35% say that most get printed anyway.
- 40% of organizations deal with multi-channel content in an ad hoc way.
- In 40% of organizations, line of business heads and departmental managers are responsible for “radical process review” compared to 14% who point the finger at the head of IT.
- 59% of organizations achieved a payback in less than 12 months from their paper-free projects, including 26% in 6 months or less. 84% achieved payback in less than 18 months.