Do you work in the document industry? Ever try to explain your job to friends and relatives outside the document business? It’s not easy. Most people don’t understand what it takes to produce and deliver the documents they rely upon to do business and correspond. But they asked what you do, and so you patiently explain. After they finally grasp a general idea about your profession, many of your acquaintances will make a comment about how the world is going all digital and isn’t it too bad that your industry must be disappearing… In honor of all those who have had these conversations, we offer a short poem.
Ode to a DocumentDocuments are the universal tool for communicating to anyone and everyone. They are often the first impression and constant touchpoint to our coworkers, customers, vendors, and partners. They are not limited to the traditional print device or fax server as they were in the past. They can be presented in our beloved PDF, a Portable Document Format. A term that is often underestimated. It remains our collective tool, displayed on nearly any device, with consistency and accuracy, including a mobile phone, tablet, laptop, or large monitor. It can be posted online, emailed, archived, and yes… even printed. So, Documents are not going away; they are just evolving. But remain a critical vehicle for nearly every business process.