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Title: Management tools for the 21st century environmental office: The role of office automation and information technology. Final report

Abstract

Army environmental planning and compliance activities continue to grow in magnitude and complexity, straining the resources of installation environmental offices. New efficiencies must be found to meet the increasing demands of planning and compliance imperatives. This study examined how office automation/information technology (OA/IT) may boost productivity in U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) installation environmental offices between now and the year 2000. A survey of four TRADOC installation environmental offices revealed that the workload often exceeds the capacity of staff. Computer literacy among personnel varies widely, limiting the benefits available from OA/IT now in use. Since environmental personnel are primarily gatherers and processors of information, better implementation of OA/IT could substantially improve work quality and productivity. Advanced technologies expected to reach the consumer market during the 1990s will dramatically increase the potential productivity of environmental office personnel. Multitasking operating environments will allow simultaneous automation of communications, document processing, and engineering software. Increased processor power and parallel processing techniques will spur simplification of the user interface and greater software capabilities in general. The authors conclude that full implementation of this report's OA/IT recommendations could double TRADOC environmental office productivity by the year 2000.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Army Construction Engineering Research Lab., Champaign, IL (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
5243557
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 5243557
Report Number(s):
AD-A-237971/7/XAB; CERL-SR-N--91/15
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; PLANNING; US DOD; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY; ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES; AUTOMATION; COMPUTERS; EFFICIENCY; EQUIPMENT INTERFACES; MARKETING; RECOMMENDATIONS; TRAINING; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; US ORGANIZATIONS 290300* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Environment, Health, & Safety; 990300 -- Information Handling

Citation Formats

Fittipaldi, J.J., and Sliwinski, B.J. Management tools for the 21st century environmental office: The role of office automation and information technology. Final report. United States: N. p., 1991. Web.
Fittipaldi, J.J., & Sliwinski, B.J. Management tools for the 21st century environmental office: The role of office automation and information technology. Final report. United States.
Fittipaldi, J.J., and Sliwinski, B.J. Sat . "Management tools for the 21st century environmental office: The role of office automation and information technology. Final report". United States.
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abstractNote = {Army environmental planning and compliance activities continue to grow in magnitude and complexity, straining the resources of installation environmental offices. New efficiencies must be found to meet the increasing demands of planning and compliance imperatives. This study examined how office automation/information technology (OA/IT) may boost productivity in U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) installation environmental offices between now and the year 2000. A survey of four TRADOC installation environmental offices revealed that the workload often exceeds the capacity of staff. Computer literacy among personnel varies widely, limiting the benefits available from OA/IT now in use. Since environmental personnel are primarily gatherers and processors of information, better implementation of OA/IT could substantially improve work quality and productivity. Advanced technologies expected to reach the consumer market during the 1990s will dramatically increase the potential productivity of environmental office personnel. Multitasking operating environments will allow simultaneous automation of communications, document processing, and engineering software. Increased processor power and parallel processing techniques will spur simplification of the user interface and greater software capabilities in general. The authors conclude that full implementation of this report's OA/IT recommendations could double TRADOC environmental office productivity by the year 2000.},
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