The statistics behind data loss are alarming: 70% of today’s businesses would fail within 3 weeks if they suffered a catastrophic loss of paper-based records due to fire or flood.1 And with more than 4.6 million episodes of catastrophic business data loss happening each year2, could your business survive such an event? And what could you do to prevent the problems of catastrophic data loss from interrupting your business? Today I’ll discuss the true cost of a paper-based business workflow and what you can do to mitigate the risks that come from relying on physical forms and paper record keeping.
Office paper, cheap and readily available, is certainly not without its risks and setbacks. Here are a few stats on business paper usage that put the true cost of paper-based workflow into perspective:
With this in mind, what can a business do to protect themselves from a catastrophic loss of business information or the rising cost of paper storage?
The only way to survive a catastrophic loss of data is to maintain duplicates of mission-critical files in an offsite secure location. However, having offsite paper copies of every file is just not logistically or financially feasible for all businesses, and would only increase the costs of paper, not decrease them. So whats the best option for maintaining duplicates without resorting to even more paperwork and filing?
Digital forms gives you fast and easy access to all forms and files stored from the cloud, meaning your files and data are safe, regardless of what happens at your place of business. You can create the form once and have access to it in the field, at home, in the office, or while traveling. You can even grant access to other individuals and work collaboratively from anywhere. This way business can be done anywhere, anytime, and problems can be solved in minutes without the hassles of storing, searching, or losing critical paperwork.
Fulcrum was created to help businesses solve this problem when capturing information in the field by providing a cloud-based replacement for paper forms. Any paper form can be quickly converted into a digital “app” with our drag-and-drop interface, and completed records are stored safely and securely in the cloud for future retrieval and use. Fulcrum works on any Android or iOS device, allowing you to replace the clipboard with an option that works anywhere, anytime. A decrease in the costs and risks of paper storage is just one of many great reasons to digitize and automate your processes.
Imagine saving thousands of dollars a year, freeing up precious space in the office, and never having to look for that misplaced document ever again. We invite you to try Fulcrum, and see how easy going paperless really is!