So This is Why Mobile Form Apps are Replacing Paper!
1 year, 6 month ago by Timothy Cox
Would this fact surprise you that ‘enterprises on an average print 9000 pages a year and waste about 17% of it?’ This blog uncovers such not-so-common facts and alarming drawbacks about the paper usage in the industry and gives you valuable insights into the mobile form app.
‘Patricia is an unmarried woman and a working husband.’
This sentence makes no sense – unmarried yet a husband, and wait, she’s a woman. The statement is full of paradoxes. Well, such kind of information is not uncommon when the mode of data collection is paper forms.
Managers have a tough time analyzing this kind of data collected by their field teams on paper. Let’s accept that no matter how smart your field teams are, they are vulnerable to committing errors while collecting data through paper forms. When meaningless data due to errors arise, what it means is wasting a lot of resources. That’s where the problem lies.
Let’s first discuss why the paper form is a bad idea for enterprises and what’s compelling them to shun these forms for various processes like data collection, inspection, audits, maintenance reports, work orders, invoices, etc.
1. Paper Forms are Expensive
“Did you know that after rent and salaries, the paper is the next largest expense for offices?” (According to a report published by PrintAudit) Here are some stats that will make you think twice about paper forms:
- On an average, an office prints around 34 pages a day.
- 17% of the printed paper is never used.
- Annually, around 9000+ papers are printed.
- 1500 of these pages are never used.
- Enterprises spend 3% of their budget on printing through their own office printers.
- This could be millions of dollars.
- Now just fathom how many pages your enterprise needs while printing and do the math.
IF YOU THINK THIS IS JUST IN THEORY, HERE’S SOMETHING THAT WILL MAKE YOU BELIEVE WHY PAPER FORMS ARE TO BE AVOIDED:
3. No Rich Data
4. Delayed Data Access
5. No Analytics
6. Data Safety
Paper forms could get spoilt, they can get lost in transit, could be sent to the wrong address, etc. The possibilities of things going wrong with these forms are endless.
Quick Introduction to Axonator
To sum up, a lot can be done with Google Forms when it comes to data collection. But to be honest, there’s so much that you can’t do with these forms.
That’s the exact reason why businesses explore other Google Forms alternatives like Axonator.