Submitted: The Two Sides Team December 28, 2012
Nitro, the company behind award-winning products like Nitro Pro and Nitro Reader, today announced the results of its ‘State of the Paperless Office’ survey.
December 11 2012
Nitro Press Release
Nitro, the company behind award-winning products like Nitro Pro and Nitro Reader, today announced the results of its ‘State of the Paperless Office’ survey. To gain a better understanding of where the paperless movement stands today, Nitro polled 500 American office workers on their paper usage habits, behavioral trends, overall consumer sentiment toward the paperless movement, and how workers are collaborating in the modern office.
Although advancements have been made, progress has been slowed by the limitations of current technology and an overall reluctance to modify or relinquish traditional paper practices. The reticence of some offices to adopt electronic document workflows is driven in part by workers’ allegiance to the almost 50-year old fax machine. For example, 42.3 percent of those surveyed still send faxes ‘most of the time’ or ‘always,’ while only 3.9 percent ‘never’ send faxes. Similarly, 99.0 percent of respondents still rely traditional ‘pen-and-paper’ review, with a mere 1.0 percent choosing to adopt fully electronic review cycles, stating that they ‘never’ review printed documents.
Respondents were asked a number of questions pertaining to electronic and traditional document sharing and reviewing, use of productivity and collaboration software, prioritization of “paperless,” recycling habits, and challenges faced with shared document workflows. Overall sentiment towards the paperless office remains divided, and the increased adoption of and access to easy-to-use tools will be the key driver for the growth of the movement.
“Through this survey, we’re seeing that while a majority of office workers are sharing documents electronically, almost half are still relying on physical paper to get work done,” said Sam Chandler, Nitro Founder & CEO. “The so-called ‘paperless revolution’ was supposed to make our working lives easier, but tools for working with digital documents have not evolved quickly enough to make that a reality. At Nitro, we’re committed to making the paperless office a real possibility through intuitive technology — our vision is to change the way the world works with documents.”
Results are summarized below; for a full account of the survey results, please visit: www.nitropdf.com/paperless
From August 9th to August 16th 2012, Vision Critical (www.visioncritical.com) conducted an online survey was conducted among a sample of 511 American American office workers, who are also Springboard America panel members. The margin of error — which measures sampling variability — is +/- 4.3%, 19 times out of 20. The sample was balanced by gender and region according to the most recent census data. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
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