One of the Fortune 500 firms with which I have worked had an 18-story office building for its world headquarters. It devoted two full floors of this building to nothing more than storing "current" paper reports (a separate warehouse was maintained outside the city for
"archived" reports such as tax documents). Imagine the annual cost of office space in the headquarters building tied up in these paper reports. Now imagine how a staff member would gain access to the reports, and you can quickly understand the driving force behind electronic reports, even if most users end up printing them. Within one year of switching to electronic reports (for as many reports as practical) the paper report storage area was reduced to one small storage room. Alan Dennis

What types of reports are most suited to electronic format? What types of reports are less suited to electronic reports?

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