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Office Automation (OAS)

Office Automation (OAS)



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Published by: Rachit Puri on Jan 01, 2009
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Office Automation
The automation of everyday office tasks is one of the key resultsof the electronic revolution. Word processors, spreadsheets,databases, accounting packages, networks, and e-mail are butsome of the innovations that have transformed the way we workin the late twentieth century.
Yet the very richness and diversity of these tools is the source of some of our most serious office problems. With tens of thousands of programs running on dozens of different kindsof computers and operating systems, often linked together by a variety of networks, the potential for incompatibilities isgreat.
Without doubt, the major change in the office scene over the past few decades is the introduction of InformationTechnology
Defining officeautomation
Office automation means the complete integration of -
word processing
electronic filing
diary management
communications, including electronic mail, telex andfaxThese functions are the basic requirements of anyoffice or department within an organisation. Officeautomation aims to organise the functions in such away that they do not have to be carried out on avariety of equipment
Office automation reduces the number of clericalworkers carrying out routine tasks
Large firms no longer have to employ typists
Office employees become more flexible and as aresult one person can now do the jobs of severalpeople
Receptionists can spend more time with clients
Managers need not necessarily delegate typing, withthe secretary's role being redefined to include morePublic Relations work.

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