In an age where the advances in technology are so rapid and expansive, surely we have now reached the point where paperless business should be a real possibility? Well, yes and no. Sure, there are many situations where the digital age has advanced to the point where paper is no longer needed for either sensible storage or effective communication. But, we have yet to see a diverse solution that effectively wipes out the need for printers. Indeed, print volumes still continue to increase year on year.
If we look at individual industries, we can see situations where printing is undeniably becoming dated. A classic example is the newspaper industry, which has seen huge losses and massive upheaval as the main competitors tackle the issue of paid-for online content vs free content with advertising based revenues.
As we talk to businesses and large organisations that have attempted to move across to paperless systems, we are told they have been plagued with technological hiccups, server downtime and duplication of workloads due to maintaining a paper based system alongside a not fully functional digital system. There seem to be as many reasons to continue printing as there are reasons to try a digital solution, so why don't we explore these so you can weigh it for yourself.