* Reduced number of preprinted forms and related purchasing process
* Reduced storage, warehouse and distribution costs associated with
paper form waste.
* Reduced paper mailing, distribution, shipping and handling costs.
* Ability to collect data at the source and eliminate duplicate data collection
and data entry.
* Ability to only collect data that is mandated or that adds value;
eliminate costs of collecting data that is never or seldom used.
* Reduced errors and error-correction costs by offering editing and validation
at point of entry.
* Use of electronic workflow's parallel-processing capabilities to
shorten processing cycles.
* Reduced training costs by embedding business rules, policies and procedures
* Decreased costs of forms design and maintenance through the use of
forms software, design and data standards.
* Automated redundant completion tasks and use automated fill fields
to reduce form-completion time.
Source: State of Wisconsin Enterprise E-Forms Standards Team, Department
of Information Technology
—Tracy Mayor is a Beverly, Mass.-based free-lance writer specializing in