Going Paperless: Embracing Efficiency and Sustainability

In today's digital age, businesses are increasingly recognizing the benefits of going paperless. Transitioning from traditional paper-based processes to digital solutions offers numerous advantages, from cost savings to enhanced efficiency and sustainability. Embarking on the journey of going paperless is undoubtedly a path worth exploring for businesses of all sizes.

Going paperless requires more than just scanning and storing documents in a folder. 
True paperless operations involve working without physical paper and utilizing a document management system. Odoo Documents seamlessly integrates with other applications in the Odoo suite. To achieve a true paperless environment, your organization needs to establish processes for capturing all incoming and generated documents.

Here are some examples of documents that can be managed in a paperless environment:

      • Inbound faxes containing important information.
      • Expense receipts for reimbursement or tracking purposes.
      • Reference HTTP links to access online document content.
      • Vendor bills and utility invoices received through traditional mail.
      • Document delivered by email, including receipts and attachments.
      • Internal accounting reports, customer orders, shipping documents, requisitions, and purchase orders.

Your organization can improve operations by using a digital system to handle documents. This will also reduce paper usage and improve overall effectiveness.

To go paperless, you need a routine for adding physical papers, digital documents, and PDFs to the document management system. This routine ensures that all types of documents are organized and stored properly. By having a routine, you can easily find and access any document you need. It also helps in reducing clutter and saving time in searching for important papers.

Overall, a routine for adding documents to the document management system is essential for a successful transition to a paperless office. This process should be implemented on a daily basis, as and when the activities occur within the business.
By capturing the documents as soon as the corresponding activities are conducted, the organization can maintain an efficient and up-to-date document management system that supports smooth business operations. This proactive approach helps streamline document management and ensures that all relevant information is captured and stored in a timely manner.


When implementing a paperless system, it is important to consider the following aspects regarding document management:

1. Document Security: Implement measures to ensure that documents are secure and accessible only to relevant parties. This can involve user-based access controls, encryption, and other security measures to protect sensitive information.

  • Protect sensitive information with encryption techniques.
  • Secure sensitive documents by implementing user-based access controls.
  • Use secure login credentials and multi-factor authentication to enhance document security

2. Tags: Apply tag labels to documents to facilitate easy identification and routing. By categorizing documents with relevant tags, it becomes simpler to search for and retrieve specific documents when needed.

  • Easily retrieve email document requests and attachments by assigning "Client Correspondence" labels.
  • Sort and search documents more efficiently by capturing relevant metadata, such as date, draft, publish and author.
  • Use descriptive tags to categorize and identify documents based on their contents, such as invoices, contracts, or reports.

These factors are important for organizing and managing digital documents, improving efficiency, and streamlining workflows in a paperless setting.


Going paperless streamlines workflows, eliminates manual processes, and significantly improves the operational efficiency and productivity of businesses. Digital documents are easy to create, share, and access from anywhere. This allows for faster processing, collaboration, and instant access to information, eliminating the need for managing paper documents.

Payables Vendor Bills

The payable vendor bills feature allows for efficient management of vendor invoices. This serves as a dedicated hub for uploading bills upon receipt. With the assistance of the functionality to “SEND FOR DIGITIZATION”, the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and AI, PDF versions of bills can be seamlessly read and uploaded directly into the Odoo accounting system for processing. The document management system reads the PDF data, creates vendor bills, and attaches the PDF to the vendor account for easy reference.

This streamlines the entire process, automating data entry, enabling information verification, allowing for necessary corrections, and minimizing manual effort. Moreover, the document management system retains the previous invoices, facilitating historical reference and ensuring smooth auditing processes.

Requesting Missing Documentation

With Odoo Documents, you no longer need to go through the hassle of requesting additional documentation via email or manually moving files to the correct location. Odoo simplifies the process by allowing you to conveniently request documents directly from the workspace or any transaction you're working on.

By selecting the "Upload Document" activity type, you can specify the document description, the intended user, and the desired timeframe for submission. The recipient will receive a clear summary of the requested documents and the deadline for providing them. To comply with the request, the recipient can easily upload the required documentation directly from their device using the available upload button.
Uploaded documents will be attached to the transaction, keeping all relevant information in one place.
This approach eliminates the need for email exchanges and manual document transfers, making the process efficient and organized.

Version Control on Documents

Version control in document management systems helps collaboration, enhances document integrity, and improves workflow efficiency. Using version control in document management helps organizations manage revisions, collaborate, maintain data integrity, and ensure proper auditing. It offers an organized and effective way to manage documents, ensuring that the correct version is always available when needed.

Archiving and Deleting

Archiving and deleting are important features in document management systems that allow organizations to manage their documents efficiently.
Archiving involves moving documents from active storage to a separate location from being viewed or accessed for long-term retention. Archived documents are typically those that are no longer in active use but still need to be retained for legal, compliance, or historical purposes.
This helps declutter the active document repository and improves search and retrieval performance. These documents are usually stored in a secure and organized manner, ensuring easy access when needed.

Deleting allows you to permanently remove unwanted or obsolete documents from the system. Deleted files are typically placed in a recycle bin or separate trash folder before they are permanently deleted. This is done as a precautionary measure in case of accidental deletion. Proper deletion helps protect data privacy and mitigates the risk of unauthorized access to outdated or unnecessary documents. Again, deleting helps free up storage space and streamlines document management by removing unnecessary or obsolete files.

When implementing archiving and deleting, it is crucial to follow organizational policies, legal requirements, and industry best practices. Factors such as retention periods, data backup strategies, and the ability to recover accidentally deleted documents should be carefully considered.


Adopting Odoo Documents and going paperless provides numerous advantages, such as increased efficiency, cost savings, improved accessibility and security, easy search and retrieval, simplified version control, compliance readiness, environmental friendliness, seamless integration, and scalability.

The benefits of implementing Odoo Documents and going paperless with Odoo include:

  1. Improved Efficiency: Documents can be easily created, edited, stored, and shared electronically, eliminating the need for manual handling, printing, and physical storage.
  2. Cost Savings: Going paperless with Odoo Documents reduces costs associated with paper, printing, ink, physical storage space, and document distribution. It eliminates the need for physical filing systems, reducing administrative expenses and improving cost-effectiveness.
  3. Enhanced Accessibility: Odoo Documents enables centralized document storage and easy access from anywhere, anytime, and on any device with internet connectivity. 
  4. Enhanced Security: Digital documents in Odoo are more secure compared to physical files. Access controls, permissions, and encryption features safeguard sensitive information, reducing the risk of unauthorized access or data breaches.
  5. Compliance and Audit Trail: Odoo Documents provides a reliable audit trail, recording document activities, changes, and user actions. This feature is valuable for compliance purposes and ensures transparency and accountability.
  6. Scalability and Integration: Odoo Documents seamlessly integrates with other Odoo applications, providing a scalable solution that can grow with the organization's needs. Integration with other business processes and systems enhances overall operational efficiency.

By leveraging Odoo Documents and embracing a paperless approach, organizations can experience improved efficiency, cost savings, streamlined processes, enhanced collaboration, and a greener footprint, ultimately driving their overall success.


By embracing a paperless approach with Odoo Documents, businesses can enjoy increased efficiency, cost savings, improved security, and contribute to a more sustainable future. Just like the saying goes, "the future is now". When you have the right tools to help you organize and manage your business documents efficiently and almost effortlessly, it is indeed the future in your hands. 

To find out more about "Going Paperless" and Odoo, give us a call at +1 317 203-0244contact us online or schedule an appointment with our dedicated account representatives to better understand how we work and how we will achieve your goals and improve your productivity.

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