Beyond Improving Efficiency: The "Green" Bonus from ECM Technology

Companies that introduce Enterprise Content Management technology not only captures and organizes existing paper files, but removes the need for future ones. In the process, ECM technology helps automate workflow and collaboration between employees, partners and vendors across organizations, thereby cutting expenses and improving efficiency. But there's a bonus as well: ECM technology enables organizations to reduce their carbon footprint.

This background article provides guidance on ECM technology, including:
  • How ECM technology improves employee collaboration;
  • A case study on how a major East Coast medical center used ECM technology to avoid being overwhelmed by more than two million paper files;
  • The mission focus that enabled a Southwest healthcare business to transition to ECM technology;
  • How organizations are quantifying their savings from reducing paper documents in terms of reduced use of water, oil, printing toner, and other resources.

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