In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic flipped the corporate world on its head. It fast-tracked digital transformation, propelled brick-and-mortar businesses into online models, and pushed traditional organizations to adopt new-age remote work options.
Startups do things digitally. But companies that have been around for decades largely don’t. It seems impossible to believe, but 82% of companies are still paper-based.
“With all the lip service paid to innovation, it’s astounding that most businesses still use technology invented more than 2,000 years ago. We’ve entered the era of 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and missions to Mars — yet only 18 percent of companies consider themselves paperless.”
With cloud servers and apps like Monday, Trello, and Evernote replacing paper calendars, notebooks, and whiteboards, it seems crazy to think that less than 20% of all companies in 2020 operate digitally. Not so crazy, though, when you consider that computers weren’t even part of the office environment 40 years ago.
Let’s take a look at the brief history of paper to digital documentation and nail down when paper processes will finally go digital.
New employee: “I can’t find the printer and I need to print something.”
Coworker: “We don’t have one. And no you don’t.”
Startups do things digitally.
Invoices, receipts, and business cards are digital. Any paper that does come in—usually from the government—gets digitized and put in the cloud and that paper is recycled immediately. Post its and wall-hanging calendars are replaced by apps like Monday and Trello and Teamwork. Notebooks swap for task managers. Clutter disappears and productivity soars.
Well, welcome to 2018! Can you believe we are in April already? And no, that was not an April-Fool-Me joke! It seems to me that one day just grows into another these days. It seemed that yesterday was January and I am wondering what else I seemed to have slept through.