A colleague sent me this photo and note this week, which I thought would be fun to post to the blog to hopefully spur some conversation:
"Am I the only one who thinks there's something wrong with this picture? Isn't it ironic that as readily as we accept that knowledge workers still use manila envelopes to send a piece of paper to a co-worker downstairs, we accept the fact that technology has evolved to a point where 500,000 times more computing power than what was needed to put Apollo astronauts into outerspace orbit can now be housed in a device that is less than 1 inch thick and 3 pounds in weight? It seems to me that the efficiencies, cost savings and the reduction of risk through eliminating the movement of billions of pages of paper between departments is lower hanging fruit than the mobility gained by eliminating less than one half of one inch from a laptop computer?"
In that light, here are some questions for CEOs, CFOs and CIOs to ponder...
- How much did your company spend on upgrading laptop computers last year?
- How many reams of paper and how much did you spend on ink for your copiers last year?
- How many interoffice envelopes did you buy last year?
- On average how many hops do important business documents make and how much time do they spend in an interoffice envelope before they're archived?
- Once its archived, are you confident you'll be able to locate it again, and if so, in a timely manner?
- If the information in the document is important enough to be hand delivered, don't you think that your business might benefit by securing and accelerating this process?"
Now remind yourself...How much did your company spend on upgrading laptop computers last year...and what was the benefit to your company?