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Is Paper Becoming Passé?

In this age of laptops, tablets, smartphones, and e-readers, viewing and receiving data either online or through mobile technology has become a normal part of 21st century lives. Why send a letter when you can instantly communicate with someone via e-mail, cell phone, or social media? How about receiving magazine and newspaper subscriptions on your tablet instead of at your front door? What about digital textbooks, or libraries entirely based online?

Technological devices are starting to win out over paper alternatives in a variety of workplaces. Most recently, JetBlue airline joined ranks with Southwest, American, and United Airlines in adopting iPads to replace bulky paper manuals. This replacement saves airlines money on paper and fuel costs. JetBlue claims it helps improve the overall customer experience as well, creating better communication resources from cockpit to cabin (such as real-time weather updates). Jeff Martin, JetBlue’s senior VP of operations, states that this update brings Jetblue "one step closer to a paperless cockpit" - the end goal?

Go Paperless

Becoming paperless is a trending idea, even outside of big corporations. Adam Dachis of Lifehacker, for example, wrote a compelling article entitled "How I Went Completely Paperless in Two Days," in which he used a relatively inexpensive personal scanner with an wireless (Eye-Fi X2) memory card (to help transfer scans to your computer via Wi-Fi), and a free digital paper organizer (Evernote). Once the general bulk is transferred and categorized, he says the upkeep is really simple and helps to eliminate clutter and improve organization.

Dachis' post was enough to put Geek | Chicago's Chief Geek Jason Finn over the edge (he was already teetering) to a paperless lifestyle. 

Today's paper-eliminating technology can make even the most disheveled professional seem downright organized. - Jason Finn

Science Fiction writer Jamie Todd Rubin, Evernote's Paperless Lifestyle Ambassador, also promotes a paperless lifestyle. She writes weekly blog posts dedicated exclusively to tips on going paperless.

Going paperless seems relatively easy to accomplish, and could be a good way to cut down spending. Have you thought about going paperless? Have any companies around you started to adopt technology in place of paper?

Jason Finn

Founder & Chief Geek

Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AOL (America Online)
  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
  • Norwich Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Reynolds and Reynolds

Sarunas Budrikas

Creative Director

Sarunas is a web design and development expert with hundreds of successful projects in his portfolio. He is passionate about delivering extraordinary user experiences for every client and consistently goes above and beyond everyone’s expectations. As an SEO expert and strategist, he can optimize your website, or app, to get the most out of it, day in and day out. Sarunas holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kaunas Technology University, in Lithuania. Sarunas now lives in Chicago, and calls it home.

Alexandra Olsavsky

Client Experience Specialist

Alex specializes in content generation and social media promotion for Geek | Chicago clients, helping to solidify their presence in the online community. This includes blog writing, graphic design, co-ordination and design of weekly newsletters, and active engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Outside of Geek, Alex is a classically-trained soprano who professionally performs around the city of Chicago (most recently with the Chicago Baroque Band, and with the Rolling Stones for their "50 and Counting" tour).