This revolution has been so complete, and has infiltrated so many areas of business, that almost all businesses use at least one commercial computer business application in the course of daily activity. Even the smallest companies commonly utilize computer technology to maintain financial records, inventory information, payroll records, and other pertinent business information. Within each broad application area, hardware and software combine to fulfill basic functions.
Information Storage The first area within office automation is information storage which is usually considered to include office records and other primary office forms and documents. Data applications involve the capture and editing of files, images, or spreadsheets. Word processing and desktop presentation packages accommodate raw textual and graphical data, while spreadsheet applications provide users with the capacity to engage in the easy manipulation and output of numbers.
Image applications allow the capture and editing of visual images. Text handling software and systems cover the whole field of word processing and desktop publishing. Word processing, the most basic and common office automation activity, is the inputting usually via keyboard and manipulation of text on a computer.
Today's commercial word processing applications provide users with a sophisticated set of commands to format, edit, and print text documents.
One of the more popular features of word processing packages is its preformatted document templates. Templates automatically set up such things as font size, paragraph styles, headers and footers, and page numbers so that the user does not have to reset document characteristics every time he or she creates a new record. Desktop publishing adds another dimension to text manipulation. By combining the features of a word processor with advanced page design and layout features, desktop publishing packages have emerged as valuable tools in the creation of newsletters, brochures, and other documents that combine text and photographs, charts, drawings and other graphic images.
Image handling software and systems are another facet of office automation. Examples of visual information include pictures of documents, photographs, and graphics such as tables and charts.
These images are converted into digital files, which cannot be edited the same way that text files can. In a word processor or desktop publishing application, each word or character is treated individually. In an imaging system, the entire picture or document is treated as one whole object. One of the most popular uses of computerized images is in corporate presentations or speeches. Presentation software packages simplify the creation of multimedia presentations that use computer video, images, sound, and text in an integrated information package.
Spreadsheet programs allow the manipulation of numeric data. Early popular spreadsheet programs such as VisiCalc and Lotus greatly simplified common business financial recordkeeping.
Particularly useful among the many spreadsheet options is the ability to use variables in pro-forma statements. The pro-forma option allows the user to change a variable and have a complex formula automatically recalculated based on the new numbers.
Many businesses use spreadsheets for financial management, financial projection, and accounting. Data Exchange While data storage and manipulation is one component of an office automation system, the exchange of that information is another equally important component.
Electronic transfer is a general application area that highlights the exchange of information among multiple users. Electronic mail, voice mail, and facsimile are examples of electronic transfer applications. Systems that allow instantaneous or "real time" transfer of information i. Electronic sharing software illustrates the collaborative nature of many office automation systems. Office automation systems that include the ability to electronically share information between more than one user simultaneously are sometimes referred to as groupware systems.
One type of groupware is an electronic meeting system. Electronic meeting systems allow geographically dispersed participants to exchange information in real time.
Participants in such electronic meetings may be within the same office or building, or thousands of miles apart. Long-distance electronic sharing systems usually use a telephone line connection to transfer data, while sharing in the same often involves just a local area network of computers no outside phone line is needed. The functional effectiveness of such electronic sharing systems has been one factor in the growth of telecommuting as an option for workers.
Telecommuters work at home, maintaining their ties to the office via computer. Electronic transfer software and systems allow for electronic transmission of office information. Findings from the Office for National Statistics ONS approach The calculation of probabilities of automation for individuals on the Annual Population Survey APS allows us to produce detailed demographic breakdowns, by taking the average probability of automation within each demographic group.
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However, this is not the case across all occupations — some have experienced an increase in employment between and On the contrary, occupations where the employment share has decreased slightly may show that automation could have, to some extent, already occurred within these occupations. Download this chart When looking at those in jobs with a high risk of automation, women account for This compares with women accounting for More specifically, young people aged 20 to 24 years have the highest proportion of jobs at high risk of automation of all age bands, However younger workers are often in high risk roles temporarily, moving to roles at a lower risk of automation as their careers develop.
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