How Enterprise Software Can Make the Most of Windows 8 and Metro
The catchphrase for Metro, Microsoft’s new design language for Windows 8, is ‘content over chrome.’ In other words, the application’s focus is on users’ needs and goals more than on flashy user interface buttons and complex menus.
Metro helps teams develop focused, specific, and truly differentiated apps centered on a single ‘Best At’ statement that defines the area in which the app will dominate its category. The Best At statement drives all development.
Teams design Metro apps to revolve around two or three related user stories that support the Best At statement. This leaves software teams working on feature-rich enterprise applications —from supply-chain management and ERP systems to HR tools—wondering how they can take advantage of Metro.
In some cases, complex enterprise solutions might not be the best candidates to migrate to Metro. But with the right creativity and planning, Metro can be the catalyst to truly innovative applications.
There are some important things to consider when planning a Windows 8 strategy for your powerful enterprise solution, and evaluating whether Metro is a fit.
To find out what they are, read the full article.
About the Author
After 15 years as a software architect, where I have been managing, designing, analyzing and developing software projects. I chose to focus my attention on the discipline of Interaction Design. Where I was able to bolster my knowledge with new skills in Requirements Gathering, Wire frame UI design, user experience design and prototype making.
Today, I use my skills to become the voice of the user. I strive to make more useful, desirable software for real people to use.
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