AMIS Whitepaper User Experience Frameworks “Future of optimal UI development”

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“ There’s A Lot More Behind This Pretty Face “

The whitepaper “User Experience Frameworks – Future of optimal UI development -” starts with an overview of user experience guidelines. These guidelines translate to additional UX requirements when designing and building a new user interface on modern systems. We will also discuss the two major architectural paradigms for user interface development, followed by an overview of the major frameworks and technologies used for implementing this architecture. In this whitepaper we give you insight in the major differences between Thin Server and Thin Client development. This is the most important choice when considering a new (or refactoring) your user interface. Finally we will give a number of business examples and the preferred technology for implementing the requirements.  Download your copy of the AMIS whitepaper-future-of-optimal-ui-development and share your remarks below.

We need to shift from straightforward User Interface development towards User Experience development.

2014-08-14 18_43_40-www.amis.nl_~_media_Files_AMIS-whitepapers_whitepaper-future-of-optimal-ui-develModern business web applications are faced with rapidly changing requirements. Users can choose from a wide variety of systems and have a distinct preference when it comes to usability. The forced or required use of one single system is becoming unacceptable. So are systems with poor user experience, even if the business logic behind it is implemented well. Business users demand apps that are effective, intuitive and efficient. They must have fast performance and 24/7 availability. And they have to look sexy…..

User Experience (UX) has become the major reason for rejecting a system during end user tests or even worse: after go-live. Users have high expectations, based on the frequent use of social media applications, and expect the same standard for their own business systems. Users expect an easy to use interface, fast interface response time, usage on a variety of different devices, easy login and offline availability.

To be able to meet these expectations, software developers require short development cycles and full test coverage to support agile development cycles, seamless support for multiple platforms and devices, secure transactions and easy decoupling from backend systems. And during operations, systems managers, need to be prepared for the unpredictable timing and growth of the visitors of business applications. In some cases the system and hosting platforms need to be able to support a burst in demand or the exponential growth of the user community without drastic changes to the application architecture.

This also requires a productive development environment with massive scalability for both the number of developers and eventually the number of concurrent end users. Frameworks with an intrinsic agile capability to modify and expand the functionality with a very short time to market. We feel there is no one-size-fits-all solution for UX requirements. We see a shift from technology derived designs towards user centric designs facilitating every end user with a personalized, timely, effective interface. This kind of approach will lead to more effective, easy to use and enjoyable applications.

I hope you enjoy reading this whitepaper and please share your remarks and feedback below in the comments section.

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Robbrecht is a development manager at AMIS Services. He is Agile coach and Certified Agile Master. He has 10+ years of experience in managing projects with Scrum (first with DSDM). Robbrecht is a strong proponent of the agile principles. With AMIS Robbrecht is responsible for implementing the AMIS Software factory based upon Hudson, Maven, Jira and Subversion and implementing Agile as default method for AMIS projects.

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