Chances are we'll never (in our lifetimes, at least) eliminate paper maps. The one-time measurer isn't going to invest the time or money in getting and mastering the software necessary to do it.
That said, we seem to be moving in that direction. I have no problem w/ receiving electronic certs, but it's those above me in the chain of custody that must be taken into acount.
Right now, when I get a map/cert as a PDF, I print out 2 copies, file one, mail the other off to the registrar. I know I could eliminate 1 or both copies but it's easier to go w/ the existing procedure, for now.