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OfficeTalk was a prototype office automation system written by Clarence "Skip" Ellis and Gary Nutt. OfficeTalk supported standard office automation tasks and tracked "jobs" as they went from person to person in an organization.[1] The focus of office automation research was “to reduce the complexity of the user’s interface to the [office information] system, control the flow of information, and enhance the overall efficiency of the office.” [2] It was based on the idea of process automation through information technology. Fritz Nordsieck:

“Think about [a] modern data processing [system]. [It] represents a perceptible process, that is [..] connected with the business process and accompanies - or even controls - this process during various segments.” [3].[4]

  1. http://www.digibarn.com/stories/desktop-history/bushytree.html
  2. Ellis, C. A.; Nutt, G. J.: Office Information Systems and Computer Science. In: ACM Computing Surveys, 12 (1980) 1, pp. 27-60.
  3. Nordsieck, F.: Betriebsorganisation. Lehre und Technik (Textband). 2nd revised and enhanced edition, Stuttgart 1972.
  4. http://www.bpm-research.com/research/history-of-bpm-and-workflow-research/
TIB/InConcert Branch
Preceded by
Xerox Alto
OfficeTalk Followed by
Xerox InConcert
Xerox Star (8010) Branch
Also includes
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OfficeTalk Included in
Xerox Star (8010)

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