terms "paperless," "electronic," and "digital" are often
used interchangeably to describe work which previously
was done with paper, but which now has been adapted to
communication technology (ICT) devices and software.
Association of America (ITAA) has defined information technology (IT) in the electronic era as "the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware." IT entails processes involving the use of computers and software to create, convert, store, process, transmit, and retrieve information securely. The term has recently been broadened to ICT (Information and Communications Technology), so as to include the idea of electronic communication.
To be paperless means
essentially that the traditional paper-based
practices-such as writing, note taking, reading,
editing, communicating, and even drawing-are instead
performed electronically with ICT devices and software.
Much has been said and written about the paperless
office in recent years, and the rapid development of ICT
is enabling an increasing number of paperless
The relationship between paperless
work styles and ICT is intimate and
interdependent; a paperless work and lifestyle
cannot be implemented without ICT, and the use
of ICT should naturally lead to becoming
paperless. Paradoxically, however, the
consumption of paper has increased exponentially since
the advent of personal computers and printers. The main
reason for this lies in the fact that we have become
conditioned to use paper since our childhood, and we may not have
fully grasped the many opportunities and advantages that
paperless work practices can bring.
advantages of replacing paper-based practices with
digital ones are numerous, and here we list a few of the
- Enjoy flexible work schedules
and generate more free time.
- Enjoy a greater
freedom of mobility and a lesser need to travel.
Gain greater control of your private and personal
- Enjoy cost saving.
- Enable safer
- Become more productive and
- Become more
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