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Document Imaging Facts and Figures

  • Almost 80% of today's information is paper-based. U.S. and Canadian businesses generate over 1 trillion new pieces of paper each year.
  • Only 10% of corporate information lies in structured databases. The remaining 90%, often critical to business processes, lies in unmanaged chaotic file system structures.
  • For every 10 printed pages, only 1 is ever consulted.
  • The average business document is copied 19 times.
  • In labor, the average office spends:
    1. $20 filing or retrieving a document.
    2. $120 finding a misfiled document
    3. $250 recreating a lost document
  • 7.5% of all documents get lost, 3% of the remainder get misfiled and have to be recovered at an alarming cost of $120 per document.
  • Professionals spend 5-15% of their time reading information, and up to 50% looking for it.
  • The average time to retrieve and re-file a paper document is 10 minutes.
  • The average worker makes 61 trips per week to the fax machine, copier and printer.
  • It costs about $25,000 to fill a four-drawer filing cabinet and over $2100 per year to maintain it.

    Source: Gartner Group, Coopers & Lybrand, Ernst & Young, PC Magazine, AIIM, and Imaging Magazine.





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