The digital revolution has brought to the surface a seeming conflict between two methods of data storage and management: "printing" and "cloud computing". On the one hand, the traditional technology of printing documents is outlined and on the other hand, an innovative method of storing and managing documents in a virtual space stands up. Both technologies bring significant benefits and their advantages are supported by strong arguments.
Relevance of printing technology in the digital age
Despite rumors that printing may be classified as obsolete, statistics prove that the need for printing has not disappeared. According to a study by Staples, 82% of employees prefer to have paper documents to read and review. Printing provides users with a clear, accurate and authentic image of documents. A recent survey shows that about 30% of respondents feel more productive when working with material documents and more than half of consumers prefer to read printed documents because they are easier to follow and understand than digital documents.
Cloud computing and the evolution of digital storage
Despite the sustained relevance of printing, the concept of cloud computing has revolutionized the way we store and access documents. In addition to the benefit of portability, digital data storage and management has a number of advantages, including time and cost savings, greater efficiency, and better integration with other similar technologies. In a 2020 Statista survey, 47% of Americans said they prefer to store important information digitally, compared to just 19% who prefer to print it.
Data security - a key element
Despite the advantages of storing and managing digital data, there are also significant risks associated with data security. Cyber attacks can be costly and have serious consequences for businesses and organizations. According to the Ponemon Institute, in 2020, the average cost of a security breach in Romania was 131 RON (about 27 USD) per affected record. In addition, blackouts and other technical problems can also have serious business consequences in the digital age.
Merging printing and cloud computing in a business strategy can maximize benefits and minimize risks. Through strategically and well-planned implementation of these two technologies, companies can improve internal processes, save time and money, and ensure better data security.