Monday, July 8, 2013

Looking Back To Measure Progress

By Brian Kopack

I was up in the attic recently and I found a box of stuff I’ve been saving over the years – kind of a personal time capsule.  Mostly the typical stuff, awards, baseball cards, old college uniforms and newspapers.  A lot of newspapers.  I’ve managed to save newspapers to record what I thought at the time were seminal events in history – mine or the world’s.  The last issue of the Chicago Daily News, The Washington Post the day Richard Nixon passed, the Chicago Sun Times reporting on Michael Jordan’s 1st championship - all cool to look back at now.

Then I hit the jackpot  – the centennial issue of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

 In 1989, I finished high school and started college at Butler University.  In August of that year, the WSJ centennial issue was published.  A lot of pomp and circumstance, a lot of history and most interestingly, a lot of predictions.  Now remember, in 1989, the Y2K hysteria hadn’t even started to percolate, so the question, “What do you see coming for the year 2000?” was almost science fiction.

The paper did an interview with several of the top technology minds of the time to get their perspectives on what would be next.  Robert Noyce, then the Vice Chairman of Intel predicted, “In another 10 years, we’ll replace file cabinets with computer memory…..you’d like to have everything that comes across your desk sitting in there, so you can take action on it.”

That was 1989.

He predicted the paperless office by 2000.  Unfortunately, a large portion of the business world in 2013 still hasn’t caught up to his vision.  Now I get not everyone in business has the “early adopter” gene, but even the most cautious would agree that a.) he had the right idea b.) it is totally possible today – both from a cost and effort perspective and c.) the almost 25 years since he made that prediction is a long enough beta-test to prove his idea wasn’t really a fantasy.

If you haven’t embraced electronic content management yet, what are you waiting for now?  The next big thing?  Come on, already!

Don’t be embarrassed.  Call IOS.  We won’t judge.  We’ll just help bring your business into the 21st century – finally.

One other interesting prediction (guess from who):  “The PC… will be your window to the world.  That is how you will find out about things.  Any document less than five pages will be electronic.”

At IOS, our 5 document conversion labs convert about 5,000,000 images per month and we would love to help make Bill Gates’ prediction come true.  Give him a little something to feel good about after all these years.

Call IOS – just don’t wait 24 years.

Go ahead, give us your biggest problem.

With offices in five states, more than 500 installations and document scanning facilities that convert over five million pages a month IOS knows what it takes to solve your document challenges.

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