Tablets can help businesses move toward paperless office
Perhaps one of the most underappreciated capabilities of the tablet computer is its ability to help businesses reduce the amount of paper they use on a daily basis. For years this has been a goal of the modern company, with its focus on the environment and the need to cut operational expenses. With tablets, these initiatives can take a huge step forward.
According to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, a local Massachusetts newspaper, the Northbridge Board of Selectmen is one example of an organization going paperless with the help of tablet computers. By equipping each selectman with a tablet, the board was able to eliminate the need to print its 54-page packets and saved significantly on printer cartridges.
Other paperless benefits stem from tablet use as well. For example, in the past, an employee who wanted to share a document with a coworker would have to print it out or email it to one's desktop, where it couldn't be moved from one side of the office to another. With a tablet, the document can quickly be pulled up, shared and discussed with those in the immediate area without having to waste paper.
The challenge with using tablets to go paperless is the immediate cost difference. Over time, however, the amount a business saves on paper, ink cartridges, printer maintenance and so on could far outweigh the cost of a tablet.