Digital filing systems are becoming increasingly popular, and the analyst firm, Gartner, estimates that more than sixty percent of server workloads will be virtualized within the next five years. Digital filing systems and cloud applications are adopted by more than half of businesses for the sole purpose of business agility, and these include a number of appliances, such as business card scanners, portable scanners, and more. These types of filing systems can save between six and twelve million dollars for a company in lost labor, inefficiency, and lost information, and this doesn’t even account for the reduction of labor costs, as electronic record keeping means that fewer workers need to be on site or even employed.
Business card scanners and laptop scanners come in a variety of sizes with various capabilities. Some business card scanners save an image of the card, while others isolate the various information and transport it into a database. Portable scanners and other electronic devices that aid in business efficiency are increasingly popular, as convenience is preeminent in today’s digital society. However, even with the increasing popularity of these digital formats, a majority of businesses still maintain paper documents for legal reasons. While Gartner believes that workloads will continue to be digitized in the coming years, it remains to be seen whether paper documents will become obsolete.