Two hundred years ago, paper forms were the cutting edge in office productivity. It might be hard to imagine, so let’s paint the picture. At that time, if you wanted a copy of a document, there were few options. You could ask a printer to set type and print copies. Or you could ask a clerk to handwrite the material.
Paper forms improved productivity by using printed directions and space for users to write in their information. In contrast to writing a business letter from scratch each time you had an order or request, it was a major advance. Today, we have a different opportunity — digital forms have arrived.
If you are already comfortable using paper forms, you might wonder why you should change to mobile data collection with digital forms. Let’s break down the pros and cons of using paper forms in your work.
In many companies, paper forms are the status quo. So why should you consider changing? Take a moment to consider whether the pros outweigh the cons.
Back in the 1990s, there was a lot of excitement about the paperless office. Several critical technologies — such as reliable mobile devices — were missing at that time. Today, becoming a paper-free office is achievable.
Idea Rebel, a Vancouver-based digital agency, operates completely without paper. In fact, the company’s founders believe in the paper-free approach so strongly that they refuse clients who insist on paper contracts.
Digital forms are a useful tool to help you move toward becoming a paperless office. In addition to cutting down on paper and printing expenses, digital or mobile forms deliver these benefits:
Ready to replace your paperwork? The best way to get started is by arranging a demonstration of Array and it’s in-built industry-standard forms, processes and procedures.
This article first appeared on https://blog.devicemagic.com/should-you-use-paper-forms-or-digital-forms