Going paperless: You can't hide forever
You can’t hide from technology forever, argues Jon Milburn which is why, two years on from his first call for accountants to embrace the paperless approach, he’s still beating the same drum – and this time more accountants are following him.
Document management is set to become the next phase in the march of technology and should be viewed as a springboard into the paperless age.
But why firms of accountants still resist the inevitable? The vast majority of practices are used to the electronic generation of accounts, tax returns and indeed standard business correspondence. But delve into the cellars, attics and sheds of these modern-seeming practices and you will still uncover dusty filing rooms and racks upon racks of past years client files.
Although going paperless does not suit all businesses, it has made a tremendous difference to practices that have embraced document management. There may be firms that have not completely enjoyed the move, but a recent survey of our clients showed that over 93% had successfully achieved their goals in going paperless.
Going paperless is not the end, not the final solution - it is simply the next move in this technology driven business world we live in. Like it or not, we will all be using it someday soon. While the numbers using document management continue to grow, there are still plenty of practices out there who believe that it simply isn’t necessary. My advice is to at least look into what document management technology can provide.
Jon Milburn is a senior consultant at Scan Worx.