Office Automation - Introduction

September 2017

What is office automation?

The term office automation refers to all tools and methods that are applied to office activities which make it possible to process written, visual, and sound data in a computer-aided manner.

Office automation is intended to provide elements which make it possible to simplify, improve, and automate the organization of the activities of a company or a group of people (management of administrative data, synchronization of meetings, etc.).

Considering that company organizations requires increased communication, today, office automation is no longer limited to simply capturing handwritten notes. In particular, it also includes the following activities:

  • exchange of information
  • management of administrative documents
  • handling of numerical data
  • meeting planning and management of work schedules

Office suite tools

The term "office suite" refers to all software programs which make it possible to meet office needs. In particular, an office suite therefore includes the following software programs:

  • word processing
  • a spreadsheet
  • a presentation tool
  • a database
  • a scheduler

The main office suites are:

  • OpenOffice (freeware)
  • AppleWorks
  • Corel WordPerfect
  • IBM/Lotus SmartSuite
  • Microsoft Office
  • Sun StarOffice


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