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Paperless and digital environment

The improvement of technology has changed our daily tasks and way of living too.

Remember the years when sending letters and using typewriters? There was the telex and fax which started to turn things around as it was then possible to send a document by using a phone number and dial-up connection.

The internet started to be available to offices and homes with the first PCs with monochrome screens – such as Commodore64 and Amstrad1512 – finding their way to households. A real little revolution in the mid 80s.

Commodore 64 and modem

Commodore 64 and modem

The progress moved fast and Macintosh and IBM were seen as pioneers,  but seemingly more business orientated.

Most families discovered the joy of having a machine able to complete some tasks and also play with/against them. Then e-mails became a new way of communication without the hassle of looking for envelopes and stamps – except for legal documents. Everything can be scanned and printed.

For some firms it is essential to delegate the management of incoming messages – some of them can be vital for deals, offers and contracts.

This is also the time when individuals started to want things to happen faster.

Catalogue shopping/ordering was a common way to have items delivered to your doorstep. However, it could take up to two weeks to receive the new pair of shoes or cardigan…and no one moaned about the (long) process or even if the delivery was redirected, delayed or missed. There was no alternative.

Nowadays, it has to be fast and precise, with eventually the approximate time when the parcel will go from the driver’s hands to yours.

Concerning public transports, there is the monthly or permanent pass with a chip which can then be topped-up at ease. This allows travellers/commuters to avoid endless queues at the dedicated counters during rush hours. The Oyster Card for London buses and Underground is a prime and successful example. Airlines and train companies also introduced the e-ticket meaning less cost for them and no postage as well.

There is also the world of photography with SD and CF Cards for DSLR cameras – films being almost obsolete.

Photographic film roll negative

Photographic film roll negative

The next change is for drivers: tax disc will be axed after 93 years from 1st October 2014. This means that there will be less clutter on your windscreen and the rounded vinyl sticker or tax disc holders will have no purposes to be there anymore. However, the tax remains in place…confusing, isn’t it.

…The disc was introduced in 1921 but officials say it is no longer needed with the DVLA and police now relying on an electronic register… Source

With the past recession everyone is trying to cut costs (still now in 2014) and going digital is the way forward. Paperless offices aren’t that new, but more and more employers are finding it essential to reduce general expenses such as stationary for instance, or even irrelevant desk/wall calendars as everything can be found online.

Company going green

Company going green

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