We have been converting divergent documents into a unified format such as PDF for many years now. For many reasons.
In knowledge-driven industries, the need for standardization is often highly motivated by regulators. For example, in Life Sciences, the introduction of the electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD) has accelerated the move from paper to electronic formats. In other industries, archiving needs have led to massive content transformation as well. Transformation to de facto standards such as PDF/A ensures that documents are secure for the long term. Read more