“Hey Dan can I come by later to use your scanner? I need to scan and email a few documents for my new apartment lease.”
I stared at my monitor in complete disbelief. Literally mouth hanging open. Printing and scanning a document just to sign it and fill out some information? In 2012? Really? In the era of applications like DocuSign and tablets, is there a place for analog technology like the fax machine and paper forms?
The traditional approach to capture has been creating paper, manually entering data, physically scanning it, and then using a combination of automated capture techniques like OMR and barcodes along with data entry to re-key information. It’s hard to imagine that organizations still rely on this outdated way of working with information, but like a zombie it refuses to die.
With services like iTunes, Amazon, and on demand self service from movies to banking, the revolution in capturing information and data is just beginning. Since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 and iPad in 2010, the marketplace has been rapidly evolving. At my session on mobile technology in the enterprise at the AIIM 2012 conference, I’ll share some of the apps that I use in my day to day life as a knowledge worker, and highlight the before and after of organizations that are embracing tools like the iPad to transform how data is captured in the field.
For those of you who attend, any over or under bets on how many times I say the word “Apple” during the session?
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