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Electronic Content Management Can Help Green Your Business

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Can going green also help you save some green?

Electronic content management lets you digitize the paper-intensive processes in your company, promoting efficiency and optimizing your use of resources. Transforming manual paper processes into automated electronic processes is becoming increasingly popular with businesses all over, and for good reason. Besides saving companies time and money, electronic content management (ECM) will also reduce the carbon footprint of your company, making it a win-win situation.

Here’s how ECM can help your company go green:

Less Paper – Office paper has a huge impact on the environment, and the average employee uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper every year. Electronic content management helps businesses securely distribute documents electronically, eliminating the need for multiple versions to be printed or copied. With more work done digitally, the paper trail is shortened, reducing the amount of paper your office uses daily.

Reduce Storage Needs – Storing documents and files electronically rather than physically in storage cabinets is much more environmentally friendly. By reducing the real estate and facilities' needs for storage, your company can cut down on the associated energy consumption.

Eliminate Waste – The typical office throws away around 350 pounds of wastepaper per employee, per year. Less paper printed leads to less paper thrown away, which reduces the amount of waste created in your office. In addition, you can also save energy consumed by shredding printed documents containing sensitive or confidential information.

Automate Business Processes – Forms can be filled out electronically, complete with electronic signatures, removing paper from the process. Electronic fax transmissions can be automatically routed via a server and initiate a workflow, without ever printing the original document.

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