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The Great Debate

September 22, 2016

It’s less than a week away. The moment (or should I say the 90 minutes) we’ve all been waiting for.  Media moguls are salivating. This will be bigger than the last hurrah of Mash.  More titanic than Seinfeld’s goodbye.  More compelling than Peyton’s last rodeo.  Fists will fly.  It’ll make Ali-Frazier look like a schoolyard scrum.  In this corner, you’ve got Little Rock Lightning, Hillary Rodham Clinton.  And in this corner, you’ve got the Manhattan Mauler, Donald J. Trump.  Two political heavyweights itching to take their gloves off.  All we need is Michael Buffer.  “Hillary, Donald, let’s get ready to rummmmmmmbllllllle!”
While these two candidates get ready to take the stage, a raging debate continues in America’s offices.  Stay document?  Or go digital?  There are those in business who continue to favor the use of paper.  I’m not sure why. Is it the tactile sensation?  The foldability?  Just a stubborn reluctance to divorce an office mainstay from days gone by?  Whatever the reason, for those unwilling to part with parchment, modern day information management services companies offer state-of-the-art physical storage complete with secure web portals to foster proper inventory administration and best records management practices.  For those who have seen the light (make that the benefits of a “paper light” environment), those same information management services providers provide expert scanning, hosting and a myriad of customized digital workflow solutions.  No question, the advantages of document versus digital are very much debatable.  And a lot more complex than the supermarket’s query of “paper or plastic”.
I don’t know about you but I’m eagerly anticipating next Monday night.  A bunch of friends are coming to my house to watch The Great Debate.  I’ve loaded up on chips.  I’ll have plenty of salsa.  My buddy, Miguel, is going to pay for it.

One Response

  1. Brandon J. Bare says:

    Paper or Digital.. for me I love both for different reasons.
    In note taking, I prefer writing over typing. That being said, I choose to archive all of my paper notes digitally, where I am hopeful they will remain forever, readily available to searches. There is something about putting pen to paper that helps me to create and recall the information that I put down. I can see in my mind the last few notes that I wrote down, even several days later.
    I have found that I can confidently shred a past iteration of a physical document when I have a current one in my hand. I feel a sense of pause when I do the same in a digital file, finding myself double and triple checking before I delete an out of date copy of a file.
    I know the world is moving to digital and being the older of the Millennial Generation, I still hold on to the parchment somewhat, but I know Generation Z does not understand.
    In a world where I type all day on a PC, Mac, iPad and iPhone, using digital reminders, to-do lists, and calendars, I still carry a black notebook with me, where I choose to jot down the important. I am not sure I could ever completely give it up.

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