Almost half of all businesses could go paperless in 2015, or have already done so. This is the surprising result from a survey conducted by document management solutions provider, Margolis.

While 30% of businesses believed that they could go paperless in 2015, 18,7% declared that they had done so already. Results still showed a small amount of animosity to embracing this change, as 6% of those surveyed said that they didn’t want to go paperless, but these results reflect a substantial shift for business practice and the document management industry on the whole.

Margolis’ data was further supported by results surrounding usage of the cloud. When asked how often they used the cloud, the majority of respondents (56% – all business owners), answering daily or more. This clearly demonstrates the significant rise in cloud usage in recent years and our growing dependency on being “connected” both at work and at home.

Margolis director Richard Shaw comments: “We are pleasantly surprised by the openness that we have seen from the businesses surveyed. The results show a much greater awareness of the advantages that paperless document management and storage can provide. Typically, there has been a great deal of reluctance towards the paperless office, due to the logistics involved, but that resistance seems to declining.

“To see businesses actively pursuing and having the ability to meet the goal of being paperless is an exciting time for our industry and reflects an understanding of the benefits of document management as a reliable business option.”