The Vision is soon a half-century old. In 1975, the magazine "Business Week described" the office of the future. So as the plane would have revolutionised travel and the TV in the family life, will provide the Computer for the business everyday to the head. George E. Pake, noted in the article, the changes for the next twenty years. This Pake was not just anybody: The physicist who founded the Xerox Parc, the research center, where Steve Jobs, many of those inventions had seen, which should make the legendary Macintosh.
Pake predicted, thanks to computers people would have all the documents at the push of a button retrieval, and paper will soon be obsolete.
Many want to, only a few can.
These Computer are a reality and much more powerful, as Pake, it has presented itself at the time The paperless office has not become a reality. The Vision is stagnant, which has resulted from a survey by Sage, a manufacturer of business software in the summer of 2017: While 71 percent of the companies want to eliminate in Switzerland, Austria and Germany the paper.
But only a few come through first steps, It will be cheerfully printed more, especially for the archive (47 percent), for the internal dissemination and reading (34 percent). Old habits die hard, as well as an author of the magazine "Wired" had to say: He wrote in an exasperated tone, he would be with the low-paper office satisfied – given the fact that every day would have made a billion copies.
abstract and complicated
most of The companies, and Private are aware of that they not only preserve the environment but also considerable costs that would be saved if the company disposed of all of your printer and your storage would only manage in digital form. But there are obstacles: most of The processes are digital is much less tangible. To approve an invoice on paper, is a no brainer. To provide you as a digital file with a signature, is a much more abstract process. How the Deposit works in the Form of Federal folders, one sees at first glance. How to place documents on the Server, and again, is not quite so obvious.
Also, the digital counterpart of the paper has its pitfalls. This is the Portable Document Format or in short PDF. It is extremely versatile and for the most diverse areas of use optimized.
cultural property versus software patents
But it is not a cultural heritage that is familiar to humanity for centuries. This PDF is the development of a single company: California software company Adobe has it launched in 1993, and initially as a proprietary product marketed. In the meantime, the PDF is almost as free as the right paper: It was declared to the ISO standard, and in 2008 Adobe issued a public license for the free use of all of the affected patents. But the fear of dependency remains: Microsoft has not built-in since Windows is much more than the possibility of PDF-files in the Edge Browser.
The biggest hurdle, however, is that the digital paper is the materials compared to the Material made of fiber is complex and demanding. For example, the legal requirement to archive documents immutable.
to manipulate paper documents subsequently convincing, it needs the talents of a Forger. In the case of digital documents, the changeability is in the nature of the thing. The difficulty is to preserve the original condition. This requires things like encryption and digital signatures – only to later digital is the same distance as before analog. Also, the unwanted dissemination of documents contain, requires elaborate protective measures.
And it is the sensual aspect: the paper is a familiar, hand-tight, and grippy. Since it is not, it is not surprising that the paper consumption has decreased despite the technical Revolution, but over the years even increased. Statistics of the last years shows, for Switzerland only recently, a reversal of the trend.
After all, in some areas digital solutions: thanks to the Smartphones – see the box with the tips and Tricks.
In the case of the Bank documents or the electronic invoice is the level of acceptance now is so great that some experts dare even to believe in the utopia of the 1970s. Some even go so far that you eliminate only the cash, but the paper even from their last Bastion want to drive: the sanitation area. A Dutch pioneer for paper lack has converted, as the "mirror" reported at the time, even the staff Toilets on the Japanese variant with a shower and a Hairdryer. (Editorial Tamedia)
Created: 16.04.2019, 18:52 PM