Scanning paper documents and storing them electronically also creates a centralized file cabinet with secured areas, limiting access to only those employees with permission to access specific files. In addition, the document management software records who accessed the document and provides an audit trail. Consider the fact that 90% of US companies had a security breach in the last year from people accessing hardcopy documents. Sadly, many of these breaches go undetected because there is no way to know who accessed these documents when they are in paper form.
Imagine the amount of time you spend hunting down specific documents. Now multiply that amount of time by your total number of employees. If time is money, a successful scanning solution will turn back the clock.