Thursday, October 23, 2014

Unleashed Workers and the Paperless Office

It Was a Good Run: Paper and the Pony Express
The debate rages — is there, will there ever be, a paperless office? The politically correct response is, “no silly, it's less paper, not paperless.” My answer is the paperless office is already here and those who refuse to admit it are deniers. In the end, we’re all simply debating ourselves, expecting different results; academic insanity.

As I consider the denier position, if print volume is increasing or holding steady, why has HP been experiencing so many challenges and why did International Paper shutter paper-making plants? I can imagine many carriage and buggy whip manufactures feeling the same way and expressing similar arguments the year automobiles started replacing horse drawn carriages en masse: 1913.
Note: Buggy whips are actually a humane product used to lead horse-drawn buggies, making snapping noises to encourage them to speed up and not meant to ever touch or harm the horse.

Read more, here.

There was a time, long ago, when men rode horses, coffee was brewed and mail was delivered by hand.

Remembering is romantic and foretelling.

We stand at the precipice of the paperless age. Like the steam engine, postal stamps, cigarettes and the horse, paper will be regarded with nostalgia and a twinkle in the eye as you tell your grandchildren how you once read email on sliver of dead trees.

"Be Brave."




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  1. It's the great battle Greg - The printed page Vs Mobility or more so Portability. This is what is driving print volumes down. The ability & volume to consume has changed. Paper has become too cumbersome for the future generations. Technology is more suited to portability, mobility, applications that sit in the virtual world, information that is contextualized and has a semantic engine that drives meaning and its only all one click away. Thats how we want to consumer - not pages of information to find the sentence or paragraph we are looking for.

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