The office automation term of indicates the applications of the Informatique to the clerical work (Tertiary sector).
According to the definition of the Official journal (stopped December 22nd 1981) of the February 17th 1982 (France), office automation is a together techniques and means tending to automate the activities of office and mainly the treatment and the communication of the word, the writing and the image . One will speak in English about office automation , term more used than bureautics . According to French Association for economic and technical cybernetics (AFCET become French Association of sciences and system and information technologies), the office automation term gathers the whole of the techniques and the tools tending to automate the activities of office. It indicates an assistance with the activities of office. For this reason, it takes into account the organisational aspects of which those of the co-operation between active individuals inside an office.
Office automation is also defined as the technique of production and communication of documents (texts, audio, images). The tools office automation are classified in three main categories the production equipments of document, such as the word processing, the spreadsheves and all the specialized tools for production based on a trade, the communications tools mainly the software of mail and finally the tools of conservation such as the management software documentary. These three categories represent traditional surfaces of the clerical work is the surface of production, the baskets of reception and forwarding and finally the sorters.
An office automation system (in English OS for Office Support System ) indicates the whole of the people of an office and means placed at their disposal to assist them in the achievement of the tertiary tasks.
The tools of office automation are usually arranged in various categories: Word processing, Spreadsheet, Database, Accounts Department, Character recognition or OCR which allow starting from an image digitized to reconstitute a textual file, Voice recognition which makes it possible to create a text directly starting from the voice, Présentation computer-assisted (préAO).
Some software applications in office automation
- Word processing:
- Accounts Department:
- Page layout:
- Financial management:
- Character recognition (OCR):
- Voice recognition:
- IBM ViaVoice,
- Dragon Naturally Speaking,
- office automation continuation Category
- free software Category of office automation
- Virtual office
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