Guest post by Adam Johnson, Director of Limpio MPS
The push to paperless in the office is unrelenting. Not purely because companies wish to become more sustainable, but many organizations understand that the increase in productivity by removing paper can have a significant impact on profitability. I believe in 2016, we will take another significant step towards eliminating paper with a vast increase in the use of document authorization via e-signatures.
Currently in many organizations documents are created, distributed and digested electronically, yet when it comes to authorization of a document many organizations still insist on physical paper. This process causes a massive impact on productivity.
Let me give you an example of a typical sales process and the number of stages that organizations go through to obtain a physical signature:
Compare this process with one whereby the salesman emails the client the relevant document, which is then securely authorized via e-signature and returned. No travelling to client, no paper produced (in this case, saving the document being printed once, then copied twice, with both copies probably being destroyed.)
When you see it like this you realize how archaic the old process was. This is why e-signature companies such as DocuSign, Adobe and Right Signature have made significant progress over the last 12 months. Last yearDocuSign announced significant partnerships with Microsoft, OpenText and Sage, opening awareness to a vast new audience. With Microsoft Office 365, DocuSign can be integrated with Word, Outlook and SharePoint allowing for easy and instant integration to existing document processes. But perhaps more importantly, this now allows for digital signatures via mobile devices giving far greater flexibility to organizations management of documents while still removing the physical paper.
It will be interesting to see how this develops over the next 12 months, but my prediction is another giant leap towards a less-paper office.
Limpio MPS works with organizations to improve business practice and reduce the impact that printing has on the organization. This content is shared with permission. Any views expressed reflect the opinion of the original authors.
Source:: xerox news