Annual Customer Conferences: Engaging Users to Participate

Engaging Users to Participate – 3rd in the Annual Customer Conferences series Engaging users to participate in activities in your booth is not as easy as it sounds.  It takes a lot of thought and creativity to make your booth look enticing.  Getting customers to stop and talk is the first step.  Here are some things …

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Annual Customer Conferences: Promoting a Unified User Experience Presence

Promoting a unified user experience presence at your annual customer conference is important.  Not only does it portray that a company is vested in UX, it also allows users to discuss all products in the portfolio in a single location. From a company’s perspective, this may not be as easy as it sounds.  When your company …

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UXPA Boston 2016 Panel – Your Company’s Annual Conference: Boon or Bust for UX?

This week I had the pleasure of participating on a panel at UXPA Boston 2016.  Honestly, it was an honor to be a part of a panel with the infamous Chauncey Wilson and two former colleagues, JoAnne Hubbard and Mary Beth Raven!  We each spoke of our various experiences in participating in or organizing a UX presence …

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Inline Notifications with the New Look

Overview Inline notifications should be used when the user is performing a task, and needs to be made aware of the status of an action which has been performed as part of the task flow. In most cases inline notification should be placed below the page title. Example Description Icons: Indicate the type of the …

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Data Toolbar: Everything in Its Place

Enterprise applications put the user in charge of many objects; virtual machines, networks, hosts, storage domains, and more all require organization and maintenance. Managing these objects is only made harder by the fact that different applications, and even different sections of the same application, all have their own ways of sorting, filtering, and performing actions …

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Displaying Data Sets : lists and tiles in addition to tables

Traditionally, applications display data sets in tabular form.  Trends have been changing with Windows 7, Windows 8 and mobile design, with the display of datasets in lists or tiles, but enterprise applications have been slow to adopt. Although tabular displays look a bit dated, they provide a lot of information and are powerful.  Often times, as more attributes are …

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Locating Things in Enterprise Web Applications … Do You Search, Filter, Find, Sort?

The number of objects that are being managed and monitored by enterprise applications is continually increasing.  Building lightweight, agile and scalable solutions is extremely important, but having easy to use design patterns to locate things and using those patterns consistently between products in a company portfolio are equally important. Locating a specific item in a …

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Usability Testing eternicode’s DatePicker for contribution to PatternFly

Some of PatternFly’s stakeholders need a date picker to fulfill the use case of selecting a single date.  Since bootstrap does not have it’s own date picker, the eternicode version created by Andrew Rowls was identified to be brought into PatternFly. The component is feature rich, with a lot of options and capabilities.  From a …

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Notifications – help validate requirements!

Notifications are a mechanism by which the user is made aware of a system occurrence.  In PatternFly, we are focusing on three types of notifications at this point:  inline notifications; popover notifications and a notification list.  The following provides an overview as well as the requirements which we have identified to be part of the …

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Field Level Help – final stage of design

Problem & Overview Field level help offers designers a solution for the user to click on an icon and view an explanation of the field in a popover.  If the system offers in-context online help, a link can be provided in the popover for the users convenience.  Requirements Allow access to an explanation of the input …

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