Going Paperless with Google Docs

5 thoughts on “Going Paperless with Google Docs”

  1. Fascinating. I wonder if Google would be interested in your feedback about the mobile version of docs, perhaps as part of a product improvement aimed at market share. It seems to me that a virtual usability test (of sorts) like this is a great way to identify ways to improve and market a product. I also wonder about using this technology as a teaching tool. When I had doctoral level stats, Larry Grimes used Netmeeting to support distance learning, and there was some interactive work at times from students (not just voice questions). He output the notes and examples as pdfs and also of course in the stats programs we were using (SAS, SPSS, Excel), although a good PDF is sufficient for most things. GREAT account of a cool proof of concept.

  2. Rob – I tried Wave, but it was always too clunky to work effectively. The collaborative part of Docs is very similar to the best parts of Wave. I think there would have still been issues with the iPad platform.

  3. One last point I forgot to put into the post – paperless doesn’t mean cost savings. If we provided one iPad per board member, that’s about $500 times 12, or $6,000. that doesn’t include infrastructure or support. You could buy a heck of a lot of paper for that chunk of change.

    What it does is helps raise awareness of the potential of technology, and it gets our board used to using the technology. It’s an investment.

  4. A product that is designed for paperless meetings is Web School Tools Paperless Board Meetings. It’s a very in-expensive version of paperless meeting software and very efficient, easy to learn and use. Check it out and request a demo. Your site could be set-up in a very short time.

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