PROSTEP is now making the world’s leading data exchange platform, OpenDXM GlobalX, available from the cloud. We have paved the way to the cloud by developing a new, browser-based user interface as from version 9.0 of the platform. It provides all basic data exchange functions using HTML5 and without Java applets or Java Web Start applications, which means that users do not require any additional software.
Redesigning the user interface and the underlying GUI framework allowed us to give due consideration to new technical requirements, on the one hand, and to feedback from thousands of users who work with the solution every day, on the other. The aim was to create a purely browser-based application that is easy for both users and administrators to use, and which can be made available in the cloud as a SaaS model. While developing the new interface, we worked closely with a company that specializes in designing interfaces and ergonomics.
We expect the simplified user interface to result in even wider use of the cloud-based data exchange solution in non-engineering departments and throughout the entire supply chain. The web interface not only has a new, more modern layout but also a much more ergonomic design. This makes it easier for occasional users to use without subjecting so-called power users to any limitations to the functionality that the data exchange solution provides. Ease of use has also improved for administrators, as they can now perform tasks like creating user accounts and web spaces or managing groups in the web interface.
Original Article by Udo Hering