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Three Things Your User Interface Needs

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Matt Louden

software interfaceMaking the decision to update your software’s User Interface (UI) is bold. If rushed through without proper research and product testing, the results can be disastrous. If done well, however, something else happens: every dollar invested creates 100 more for the company – that’s a 9,900% Return on Investment (ROI)!

Designing a software product’s new look is a complicated, multi-stage process we discussed in-depth a few weeks ago. Regardless of the industry or product’s intended use, an effective UI needs to be three things: configurable, consistent, and flexible.

Configurable

You new look should be configurable and customizable. Ensuring a UI satisfies unique user needs and integrations properly focuses your software and can inspire new levels of interest in the product. It also transforms the interface into a foundation from which new logical, intuitive end-user features can be built and launched.

Make sure interface customization is adding to a robust product, not fixing an inferior one.[tweet this]

While a configurable software interface enhances individual experiences and enables end users to change their interface’s layouts, content, and functionalities, not all users are savvy or motivated enough to take advantage. Make sure interface customization is adding to a robust product, not fixing an inferior one.

Consistent

A consistent interface minimizes user confusion, leading to rapid efficiency and productivity gains.[tweet this]

The most successful software interface generates repeatable experiences. That means a UI’s appearance, terminology, workflows/processes, and functionalities are identical regardless of role or access level. A consistent interface minimizes user confusion, leading to rapid efficiency and productivity gains.

In addition to expediting employee learning curves, a universal look facilitates enterprise-wide communication and creates a more cohesive, satisfied user population. It also makes securing and supporting software a much easier and cheaper task. Since end users leverage the same interface, support teams can apply corrective measures universally and confidently.

Flexible

In today’s digital landscape, mobile devices are responsible for 60% of online usage, and 61% of visitors abandon solutions if they’re not optimized for mobility.[tweet this]

A new software interface also needs to feature flexible, responsive design so that mobile technologies can navigate your product as easily as traditional desktop computers. In today’s digital landscape, mobile devices are responsible for 60% of online usage, and 61% of visitors abandon solutions if they’re not optimized for mobility.

Flexibility makes sense from a financial standpoint as well. It takes more time and money to design, support, and manage a standalone mobile solution rather than simply implementing a single, one-interface-fits-all product. Plus, this characteristic often leads itself to other innovations like reduced loading times and interactive visualizations.

Could your mobility program use configurable, consistent, and flexible management software? Take a tour of MOBI’s New Look and talk to one of our experts to learn how we can help you centralize, comprehend, and control enterprise mobility.

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