With the proliferation of the internet technology, a concept known as the paperless office gained widespread interest and enthusiasm from businesses of all types. The idea of carrying out essential business operations through purely electronic and/or automated systems, free of paper documentation has existed since the mid-1970s, but the technology that makes it possible is still being explored as businesses seek to reduce the amount of space, expense, and energy devoted to maintaining paper files.
Now there is a new concept that’s also emerged as a result of expanding technological capabilities for businesses. Like the paperless office concept, it’s appeal came out of a desire for simplicity, reduced waste, and a more streamlined approach to operations. It’s known as equipment footprint reduction.
An equipment footprint refers to the amount of physical space that’s devoted to electronic equipment, whether that is a single device or a series of devices that are necessary to a certain operation. The measure of equipment footprint is usually an actual measurement regarding the size of the equipment itself. That measurement is meaningful for more than just freeing up desk and floor space; it ultimately translates to cost in terms of physically acquiring, maintaining, and eventually disposing of that equipment. Companies that are interested in reducing their carbon footprint should also be concerned about their equipment footprint with regard the amount of e-waste they eventually create.
Cost savings and more eco-conscious business operations are key motivators for reducing an equipment footprint. How that’s accomplished varies from company to company, but network and Cloud-based applications are among the most popular solutions. The amount of space dedicated to servers and other equipment that comprises tech infrastructure can be reduced when various operations are moved to modular applications that are hosted by a provider and maintained by outsourced IT.
There are companies that specialize in services that transition operations from a local or equipment based platform to a Cloud or app based setup. One example of this is how marketcommunications.net offers a fully hosted and managed trader platform in a turret as a service (TaaS) solution, enabling financial firms to transition away from outdated turret equipment and free up a range of other resources in the process.
It’s true that not all equipment can be replaced with an app or Cloud-based service, but many business essentials, from voice communication to various stages of workflow and management can be completed on an ordinary computer or mobile device, thus eliminating the need for physical files or extra equipment that essentially completes one task.
With technology constantly advancing what can be done within a modular app, there are many possibilities for companies that want to reduce the amount of equipment they must house and maintain to stay competitive. The benefits of switching from a complex infrastructure to something that you can access from anywhere with an app or browser can be substantial.