We live in a digital age where technology has become more than a luxury - it's a necessity. With smartphones, tablets and computers making communication easier and more streamlined than ever, the use of more traditional forms of contact seems to be outdated.
One of these is the use of paper. Before the advent of computers, smartphones, tablets and other such devices, paper was used frequently in a number of different ways. Letters were mailed, faxes were sent and books were printed. Now there is email, text messaging and e-readers. Paperless initiatives are being implemented in a number of organizations across a wide range of industries. These efforts will only increase as technology continues to advance and become more prevalent.
The U.S. Navy goes paperless
The military is an organization that once relied heavily on the use of paper. But not even it is immune to identifying ways that will make operations more efficient. In a recent report from Defense Systems, the Navy's shipyard maintenance program has decided to implement paperless solutions.
The electronic Technical Work Documents program will incorporate the use of tablets that will help staff members effectively manage a number of different functions on a shipyard. The system will be implemented in Hawaii, Maine, Virginia and Washington State. This conversion will be undertaken on a budget of $16.3 million.
Municipal court in Ohio shuns the use of paper
Another area where paper is prominently used is within the court systems. Walk into any courtroom or law library and paper is the most common form of storage for pertinent information.
However, the Stow Municipal Court has decided to revamp its case management system into a fully digital format. The implementation will take up to a year to complete, however, once finished, the court will have a more efficient way of managing its caseload.
"The old system was implemented in 1995 and designed for a paper-based court," Kevin Coughlin, who serves as the clerk of courts, told the Stow Sentry. "For active cases, judges won't have to wrestle with plastic sleeves with an assortment of paperwork."
These are just two of the many examples of organizations looking to take advantage of technology and reduce its use of paper. This is a practice that is unlikely to slow any time soon, and it's reasonable to assume that it will be commonplace in the very near future.