Historical and current paper-based business documents must be digitally captured to be used with an electronic document management system (EDMS). Once captured, the question becomes, "What do I do with the paper?" Several options exist, from destroying the document to retaining the paper. But, is there a hard and fast rule that can always be used? The answer lies in the type of document and industry-specific regulation. There are typically three categories of document retention that I have experienced: 1) The original paper must be kept; 2) You can keep the paper if you want but it is not required; 3) No paper is needed.

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