Print 2025

Over the past 10 years, technology has changed how we work and is deployed in offices in both large and small ways. Perhaps the most significant and one of the earliest innovations was the shift from paper-based resources (previously fundamental to office operations) to digital information and storage. Hence, we now all work in paperless offices. You don’t? In most cases businesses are a long way from having made the shift to paperless. This must surely be influenced by a small number of ageing luddites, clinging doggedly to their paper files from the 1990s, ‘just in case’? Again, no. A recent study by Quocirca reveals that the pace of change is most held back by IT departments, who mistake the business requirements. 48% of respondents considered that print will still be an important part of business operations by 2025. However, breaking this down: only 36% of office workers felt this way, whereas 65% of IT decision makers thought so. The reasons for going digital are becoming more and more compelling. Digitally stored information is: (1) sharable with multiple people, (2) sharable instantly across the globe (3) searchable, indexable and analysable, (4) more secure than the paper equivalent, (5) cheaper to store, and (6) more environmentally sustainable. As business operations in the knowledge sector shift towards data and digitally enabled processes, getting rid of paper copy feels inevitable and necessary. From a requirements perspective the associated floorspace could therefore be liberated