The Future of Print: Current print and document services in business

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In this, the first post of our ‘Future of Print’ report which we’ve carried out here at Altodigital, we’ve studied the industry in order to discover the current technologies that are driving efficiencies, and which are not. 

The research is revealed as part of the next phase of our ‘Future of Print Report’ and underlines the ongoing commitment we have undertaken into understanding the impact of new technology on the print industry.

We researched the views of 1,000 business leaders across the country, asking what print and document technologies had the biggest potential to drive organisational efficiencies, with mobile printing (49%) emerging top, followed by eco and green print technologies (25%) and biometrics (16%) – for example finger print or retina scanning.

Nearly a third of respondents (32%) saw managed document services as a ‘crucially important’ part of their IT mix, with only 7% considering this unimportant.  

Interestingly, despite ongoing talk of the ‘paperless office’, it appears this is the trend hasn’t yet taken off with just 1% of businesses questioned having achieved this, while 11% have reached 75% reduction in paper. The majority of businesses had achieved only a 25% reduction in paper.  

As well as current attitudes towards print and document technology, our ‘Future of Print Report’ also examined the extreme, yet certainly possible, print trends that could transform businesses by 2050. Leading futurologist and author, Dr Ian Pearson, who has more than 15 years’ experience in predicting future trends in the print and technology industries, has forecast five potentially industry-changing developments which could come to life over the next few decades. Stay tuned in for our next blog post, where we unveil Dr. Pearson’s five predictions. Plus, make sure that you check out the rest of our website if you’re interested in streamlining your print and document services.

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