IT firms drowning in paper

While many in the IT industry talk up their green credentials and the carbon-cutting services they offer, it seems that swathes of forests are still being chopped down to keep […]

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By Kelvin Ross

While many in the IT industry talk up their green credentials and the carbon-cutting services they offer, it seems that swathes of forests are still being chopped down to keep these companies running.

A survey by document management software company Version One found that 86% of senior IT professionals are still reliant on paper records, with over half of these (51%) stating that they are very reliant.

Just 1% of respondents state that they “hardly ever” have to rely on paper records while the remaining 13% admit they are “occasionally reliant”.

Version One carried out the research with senior IT professionals across a range of UK and Irish public and private sector organisations.

Version One managing director Julian Buck said: “It is astonishing that so many IT professionals still rely heavily on paper documents. The environmental benefits of going paperless are clear. Printing, photocopying and posting of documents are all huge carbon generators. Therefore, as well as making considerable business sense, document management systems also make environmental sense, providing a compelling proposition for all type and size of organisation.”