Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Paper is not going anywhere

Author: Alex Brasil, Consultant – ICT Practice

Technology futurists began predicting the death of paper-based documents as early as the

1980’s, which led to numerous articles about a utopian paper-free work place. Almost

thirty years later, these predictions have been proven wrong as the adoption of new

technologies has ironically contributed to a massive increase in the use of paper
While not explicitly referring to physical documents, one study estimated that 161 exabytes

of data were created in 2006 and that, by 2010, that number would increase exponentially

to a staggering 988 exabytes a year
 With this level of new content growth, there is no

doubt that the use of paper-based documents will also rise.

Take for example the process of buying a property. This paper intensive process requires

over 20 unique documents to be filled out, initialed, signed and processed, which then

generates numerous additional paper-based documents. Each of the documents that pass

through the hands of the mortgage broker and real estate agent must be processed and

shared with multiple parties, such as an attorney, insurance company, county clerk, bank,

Title Company, and more. In addition, many of the documents generated must be archived

for months, years or decades depending on corporate governance policies and government


When considering the sheer number of paper-based documents involved in a business

transaction such as buying real estate, it’s clear that eliminating paper documents is

impractical and, due to the fact that paper documents are the preferred standard, trying to

remove them from the process could lead to unacceptable business delays. Instead of trying

to eliminate paper, careful attention should be paid to the business processes that create

paper-based documents in order to discern how to best integrate the management of paper

documents, electronic conversion and storage to help alleviate the pain points of paper

whilst maintaining its advantages.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Advice My Parents gave me

Words that soak into your ears are whispered not yelled

Don’t Judge folks by their Relatives
You can not unsay a cruel word

If your thinking your so important, try ordering somebody else’s dog around
The best sermons are lived, not preached
It doesn’t take a very big person to carry a grudge

Live simply Love generously  Care deeply Speak kindly

Meanness don’t jes happen overnight


Keep your fences horse high, pig tight & bull strong

Keep Skunks, bankers & lawyers at a distance

A bee is considerably faster than a John Deer tractor
Dont do something stupid!! or if  it had to do with Machinery, or Motorcyles, Dont do something stupid and get hurt !!

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of rain dance

Don’t corner something that would normally run away from you

Forgive your enemies, it messes with their heads

Sometimes you get & sometimes you get got