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January 07, 2013

Cloud and IP Fax Enable a 'Paperless' Office

By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Cloud Computing

Is going green and cutting your carbon footprint one of your New Year’s resolutions? If not, it should be, according to a new “paperless” campaign that’s getting a groundswell of support from cloud providers and cloud-based companies.

In the digital age, we increasingly live in a paperless world, as more businesses look to “go green” and save money. Cloud storage and IP fax are core parts of this trend. The cloud is allowing organizations to become more efficient, with companies such as Google (News - Alert) and Manilla vowing to embrace a new initiative in 2013, in order to save “time, money and trees.”

Google Drive recently made its paperless pledge by joining the Paperless Coalition, a group of organizations and products that help businesses live completely in a paper-free world, pointed out Google product marketing manager Meredith Blackwell in a blog post.

“So whether you’re an expense reporter, invoice tracker, file hoarder or note jotter, you can do it all without using paper,” Blackwell said.

IP fax companies such as Hello Fax are also jumping on the “paperless” bandwagon in the coalition’s campaign to remove the need for paper from “paperwork.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average U.S. office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. In 2010, the amount of paper recovered for recycling averaged 334 pounds for each person living in the U.S., according to the American Forest & Paper Association.

Some companies have moved to cloud fax services already, but are dissatisfied with the services they are receiving. If these companies are looking for cloud faxing without compromise, they should take a look at Sagemcom, an IP fax leader, which has always provided a rich feature set on enterprise fax servers and can deliver the same level of functionality on the cloud front, reported TMCnet’s Rich Steeves.

Like so many other types of communication, fax services are moving to the cloud, and there are a number of reasons why companies would move their fax solutions to the cloud. Check out four of those reasonshere.

Want to learn more about cloud computing solutions geared specifically towards small to medium-sized businesses?  Don’t miss the Cloud4SMB Expo, collocated with ITEXPO Miami 2013, Jan 29- Feb. 1 in Miami, Florida.  Stay in touch with everything happening at Cloud4SMB Expo. Follow us on Twitter.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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