This week, we provide the final installment of our three-part series on the paperless office as featured in Financial Ops magazine (print edition) Special Reports: Technology section. In part 1 and 2 I discussed the past, describing outdated business processes that created numerous bottlenecks and decreased productivity. In part 2, the present, I discussed what the paperless ERP landscape looks like now and provided a few benefits in achieving a paperless office solution.
Part 3 highlights the significance of paperless technology that is able to meet the demands of an increasing remote and often mobile workforce.
The Future and Beyond
The future of the paperless office is manifesting to meet the demands of mobile executives, who still require review of invoices and documents. More than ever, executives expect to be connected to their organization and have access to critical work functions. According to a recent Gartner report, approximately 40 percent of the workforce will be mobile by 2016, when people will buy more than 1.6 billion smart mobile devices globally.
Technology developers have been quick to provide solutions that will offer remote accessibility to help workers at all levels become as connected as they want to be. For example, Microsoft recently made it possible for salespeople to collaborate and review data by using Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with their tablets, accessing the solution through an internet browser.
With this type of easy access, businesses can expand globally easier than ever before. Mobility‐enabled Paperless ERP cuts across time zones and marketplaces to allow executives to take advantage of any opportunity at any time. Complete customer data and accounting information reside at the executive’s fingertips.
Prioritizing the paperless office presents a distinct opportunity to maximize any organizations future, increase ROI, and promote seamless efficiency. By spending less time handling internal AP and AR process issues, an organization is better armed to comprehensively serve customers, manage vendor relationships, and make informed business decisions with full visibility to all crucial financial information.
I hope you enjoyed the series and would love to hear your feedback on topics you would like for me to discuss in the future. Send a tweet with your thoughts to @MetaViewer.