ANCHORAGE, Alaska — As technology evolves, companies are realizing they don’t need to spend millions of dollars building out complex software to make their offices more productive.
Instead, they can use their technology to automate processes, automate tasks and eliminate costs and risk, analysts at technology firm Diet have found.
In its latest report, Diet estimates that office automation is reducing the number of employees at some of the world’s biggest companies by as much as 60%.
It also found that some companies are seeing an increase in automation-related costs, like software licensing and staffing.
While there are many factors that could be driving the shift, the analysts say that automation is already disrupting more traditional businesses.
For instance, when companies have automated some functions like billing, it means they no longer need to do a traditional checkup.
The technology also means that if you do not have time to take care of a customer’s needs, the system could not possibly be efficient.
In many cases, it also means fewer people have to use a desk or other technology.
As the use of automation grows, so does the threat it poses to traditional businesses, analysts say.
For example, many industries have a single-minded focus on the growth of their own sales, profit margins and stock price.
In the past few years, however, a number of businesses have realized that there is a potential for more complex work, like business development and strategy.
And as these businesses are forced to spend money on automation, it’s costing them money.
The rise in automation costs could also mean that businesses are shifting more of their efforts toward other parts of their businesses, Diet said.
For example, some large companies have begun to turn to software like SAP to automate sales, procurement, human resources and other functions.
SAP’s business strategy is to automate as much of the work as possible, Diet noted.
That’s good for customers, but it’s also bad for the companies that are still dependent on human workers.
As a result, there are more job losses.
Diet’s report found that office technology has also become increasingly important in the corporate world.
In some cases, these machines are able to be connected to the cloud, where people can log into their work without having to interact with their workstation, Diet wrote.
And while many companies have made use of these cloud-based services, they have not used them to create an office of their very own.
In one example, Diet found that a company in India started using SAP’s Cloud Work to automate work, but instead of using a human to complete a task, they replaced it with a cloud-computing platform that they called “Safari,” according to the report.
In another example, the company in Italy started using a new type of software called SAP’s Personal Workflow to manage its human resources.
It replaced human employees with machines, Diet reported.
In other words, these companies are moving more of the people into the cloud and into the role of working remotely, without them being able to see what they’re doing, said Diet CEO Robert Eller.
“They’re creating this really powerful, untrusted, untargeted workforce,” Eller said.
“The challenge for the next decade is that this will not just be an American phenomenon, but one that will be a global phenomenon.”