Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Jan 2009 08:45 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Features, Office Yesterday we ran a story on how educational institutions defaulting to Microsoft Office may stifle some people who do not own a copy of Office or Windows. A Forrester Research report now states the bloody obvious by claiming that organisations stick with Microsoft Word not out of necessity, but out of habit.
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unclefester
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2007-01-13

General George C Marshall managed the entire US military effort in WW2 working no more than four to six hours a day. He delegated and made decisions rather than poring over spreadsheets and powerpoints or exchanging hundreds of emails with suppliers or junior officers the USA Army. I am quite certain the war effort was much bigger than your charity.

Napoleon Bonaparte once said 'I always wait three weeks before reading my mail - every problem will have resolved itself within that time.'

You are obviously not old enough to remember the days before computerised offices (I am). In fact they ran far more efficiently than most modern offices. People were far more relaxed, less stressed and much more efficient than today.

One of my friends is a specialist doctor. His practice is (along with two other doctors) entirely paper based except for accounts and appointments. All his records and prescriptions are handwritten. It takes less than 30 seconds to hand write a prescription or jot a few clinical notes. Another doctor I know has a fully computerised system, it takes him at 4x as long to perform the same tasks. Paper records are permanent and don't require backup.

The reality is that the vast majority of office work performed in organisations is totally pointless. Many major problems can be sorted out with a two minute conversation.

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RE: no i am deadly serious...
by Dave_K on Sun 18th Jan 2009 20:25 in reply to "no i am deadly serious..."
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

You are obviously not old enough to remember the days before computerised offices (I am). In fact they ran far more efficiently than most modern offices. People were far more relaxed, less stressed and much more efficient than today.


Not only am I old enough to remember non computerised offices, I've been involved in the transition of two large organisations to a computerised system.

I've directly seen how much time, effort and money can be saved with a well designed computer system. As well as the new services it's possible to offer customers, such as providing up to the minute information over the telephone thanks to a database system. Organisations didn't switch to computers on a whim, but out of a need to compete with those who already had the benefit of them.

In my experience the relaxed and efficient manual offices you describe never existed. They had just as much stress, while requiring twice as many staff to get the same job done. You're clearly looking back with rose tinted glasses.

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