The following is an excerpt from “A major obstacle to PDF editing on tablet and mobile devices,” an industry guide which surveyed nearly 300 people about how they review and edit PDFs on different devices.
A paperless office has been an elusive goal for most organizations since the 1980s. The benefits of going digital are well-known (better collaboration, a smaller environmental impact, more secure data). And the disadvantages of relying heavily on paper are obvious.
Yet, we’re using more paper than ever before. Industry analysts believe over 15 trillion pages are printed each year globally. An average office worker uses 10,000 pieces of paper per year. Computer usage is not reducing how much paper is used – in fact, demand for paper is expected to double between 2005 and 2030.
Paper usage doesn’t just cost the planet – it costs businesses, too. According to Gartner, up to 3% of a company’s revenue is spent on paper, printing, and filing costs.
The rise of tablets and mobile devices in the modern workplace was expected to be the key to reducing paper reliance. However, given the increasing paper production and demand, this hasn’t been the case.
Could technology actually be a barrier to becoming a paperless office?
To find out we surveyed nearly 300 people about how they digitally edit, review, and approve documents on different devices. Despite businesses doing more to support mobile working on tablets and smartphones, the survey found the technology is something people are still reluctant to embrace.
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