Office Business Applications
It is sometimes difficult to remember the corporate office of the recent past. Think back about 10 or maybe 15 years. For many of us, that isn’t so long ago. However, from a technology perspective, it’s an era as distant as the dark ages. Sure, personal computing was taking off and the Internet was in its infancy, but most companies did not yet have a web site, and the average business user had little exposure to the technologies that seem commonplace today. Remember when only the technically proficient used spreadsheets? When e-mail was a productivity tool and didn’t require labor-intensive filing and sorting? The point of this trip down memory lane is to lend some perspective as to how far workers have come in embracing the technology solutions IT offers. The fact is, the amount of information workers have to interact with increases regularly, as does the proliferation of often-siloed software systems built to cope with that information. Today, many organizations find themselves in a state where information and labor are duplicated. Often, workers take more time finding and constructing information than analyzing it and making decisions. This is where technology now has an opportunity—the opportunity to provide smarter tools that focus on the work corporate business users actually need to accomplish. It is with this in mind that this book will explore common challenges and scenarios and their solutions.
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