Wednesday, 14 May 2014 03:09

What the new NetSuite will look like Featured


Cloud ERP supplier NetSuite has used its annual SuiteWorld conference to announce a ‘next-generation user interface’ for its widely used business management software suites.

NetSuite says its new user interface (UI) makes it “faster and easier than ever before to interact with information and allows users to enjoy a more intuitive and visually engaging work experience.”

As the pioneer in cloud ERP, NetSuite says it has led the revolution in user interface design for modern business applications. Its first release abandoned the Microsoft Windows desktop metaphor of the era and moved applications into the world of the web.

“NetSuite pioneered new user interface technologies that revolutionised the capabilities of business applications and set the standards that are still being copied today,” said CTO and founder Evan Goldberg.

From pioneering in-line editing in web-based applications; to incorporating Ajax technologies to create business intelligence dashboards that live natively in core business applications; to inventing the concept of role-based user interfaces.”

Goldberg said NetSuite conducted three years of ‘deep usability’ research with its customers. “As a true business management system, NetSuite’s innovation in user experience design is quite different from applications in most business departments, which are designed to support the needs of only one role.

“NetSuite completed extensive research, user observations, and usability testing with users across many roles.  The result is a consistent, seamless experience that allows business users to work faster and easier and get the job done more efficiently.”

NetSuite plans to roll out the new UI with NetSuite’s 2014.2 release, scheduled for Q3 2014.

The new UI uses HTML5 and is based on principles of modern ‘flat design’, which emphasises crispness and clarity. It “blends elegance and functionality with easy-to-read fonts, attractively redesigned icons and graphics, increased whitespace and greater aesthetic simplicity while enhancing the rich features that help distinguish the world’s leading cloud business management software suite.”

Highlights include:

  • Completely new visual design across all elements of the suite.
  • A slim, anchored navigational header that ensures quick and easy access to navigation and tools such as Global Search, Recent Records, Help, Quick Add, and Shortcuts.
  • A new global QuickAdd that enables users to rapidly add tasks, events, contacts, and more from anywhere in the product.
  • Progressive disclosure that “conceals action prompts until mouseover for a cleaner experience.”
  • An improved experience on tablets through a responsive dashboard, larger menus and controls and improved scrolling.
  • A new dashboard personalisation panel that makes it easier for users to tailor the dashboard to their individual needs.
  • New iconography focused on learnability; greater visual consistency across all pages, pop-ups and other interface elements.

Graeme Philipson is attending SuiteWorld as a guest of NetSuite.


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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire and editor of sister publication CommsWire. He is also founder and Research Director of Connection Research, a market research and analysis firm specialising in the convergence of sustainable, digital and environmental technologies. He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.



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