Fiscal 2009 Budget Going Paperless on a Latitude XT


You've probably heard that President Bush submitted the fiscal 2009 budget. Putting politics, debates and commentary on the budget or campaigns aside, several folks here were glad to see it was the first paperless budget, and that the President used a Latitude XT  to unveil it. Thanks to Rob Bushway (and GottaBeMobile reader Brian T) for blogging it.

If you do the math on just the budget and its key supporting documents (there are many more you can download), you're talking more than 2,800 pages. At Dell we've adopted paperless processes and documentation. Here are just a few examples:

  • Our Annual Report went paperless in April 2007
  • We announced a shipping method called Multipack in May 2007, that combines the shipment of multiple servers saving up to 300 tons of paper in the US alone per year
  • We have comprehensive, five-year aggressive paper usage policy that increases the use of recycled paper and products from Forrest Stewardship Council certified sources

Glad to see the US government take this step. Feel free to share your thoughts on how we as a company can make decisions that have a positive impact on the environment here on in the Environmental section of IdeaStorm.

Here's the picture from the Reuters story that ran earlier this morning.

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17 thoughts on “Fiscal 2009 Budget Going Paperless on a Latitude XT

  1. You really want to point out the fact that this President, low approval and all, is using your product?  I'd guess it pushes people away more than it helps your image.


  2. No wonder the deficit is so big with Bush buying XTs to show the budget.  $2500 divided by $.05 per page of of the budget divided by 2800 pages means they have to do 179 bugets on it to justify the cost.  Did they buy one for each person looking at the budget?  LOL, sorry couldn't help myself.  The free advertisement was nice but not the first one George has done for Dell.

  3. I believe the idea is to save paper, not money… although, there may be better ways to save paper while at the same time saving money… I'd have to search to find them. Most would involve getting a less expensive tablet; even then you're going to be spending lots of money.

    If the government keeps using it(i.e., it's not his property, but the governments), then you could conceivably use it long enough to save money. Since you would, I assume, only use it for text documents and graphs or the like, it should last a while(Though, maybe not long enough for 179 budgets).

     And all this assuming they use paper that costs $0.05. 😉

  4. I think the fact that even our president can use this tablet speaks well for its "ease of use" factor… 😉

  5. Got one and really like it. Very handy, very versatile, and makes me more productive.

     And gotta say, hey Derek, do you really think the President went out and bought this for himself. He has people who take care of his technology needs and know a good product when they see it. Like his speeches, he just takes what somebody hands him. In this case, somebody got him a good deal. 

    Now, if we could just figure out who takes care of the Executive Branch's email archiving system….

  6. Can you give some detail as to how Dell went paperless?  My company would like to look at paperless as an option, but how do you managed all the digital data?  There has to be some kind of database that displays the digital data for a job/project.

    Dell should do a feature on paperless office solutions for SMBs.

  7. Derek, 

    The Presidents use of the iPod certainly hasn't dissuaded people from buying iPods…

     I am sure the tablet is used for more than showing off $3.1T budgets.

  8. While I am all for going paperless and think it is a step in the right direction, who about general building design?  The International Standards Organization (ISO) has a standard for buildings, and LEED is taking off across the country.  I think it would be extremely benificial if Dell would agree to become ISO 14001 certified and make it a requirement that all fnew Dell building get LEED certified.  I also made this suggestion on IdeaStorm.


  9. Craig,  this is a fantastic idea.  I looked through which articles are available on out Small Business 360 site, and so far they don't have anything covering this yet.  I passed your comments on to that team, and they agreed wholeheartedly with my opinion of your idea.  Check back with them often in the coming months.  They have added this article to their "to do" list.


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