Documentation, in some form or another, has existed for millennia. Indeed, clay tablets from the royal houses of Mycenean Greece, are some of the earliest surviving files on record (dating to approximately 1450 BCE). The tablets reveal stock counts of chariots, animals and food belonging to the ancient palaces. It is clear that even in early advanced civilizations, systems of documentation were firmly in place.
In the modern era, as the digital transformation continues apace, how we store and organize the vast number of documents produced has become more important than ever. The history of modern document management tells a fascinating story of how new technology is adapting to the needs of its users.
The Beginnings of Modern Document Management