If German office workers aren’t feeling a bit nervous about losing their jobs, maybe they should be. More than 100,000 administrative jobs in the private sector will disappear over the next five to 10 years as companies move to reduce operating expenses by automating and optimizing numerous administrative processes with the help of modern IT systems, in particular ERP (enterprise resource planning) software, according to a study released Tuesday by the German subsidiary of the consultancy A.T.Kearney Inc.

The industrialization of business administrations is an ongoing process that has had an impact on numerous industries for the past 20 years, and that process is being accelerating through the implementation of ERP systems, according to the study’s author, Stephan Frettl

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