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Certus launches Touchstone UX solutions from Core Technology

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IBM systems integrator Certus Solutions has launched its rapid Prototyping and User Experience (UX) offering, Touchstone, which it gained in acquiring enterprise application development firm, Core Technology.

The launch and integration of Touchstone - just 100 days since the acquisition of Core - enables Certus clients to validate that applications under development successfully address both business and user needs and deliver return on investment.

Certus says that Touchstone employs a process that rapidly builds a fully functional prototype that, unlike simple wire-framing or click-through UX design approaches includes transformation, manipulation and display of data.

“There is recognition across most enterprises in Australia and New Zealand that User Experience needs to come to the forefront of how apps are developed for users if they are to achieve ROI and longevity,” says Brian Allen, CEO, Certus Solutions.

“Too many companies have been wowed by great app design concepts, but have been let down by complex, costly and time consuming integration, compounded by very poor user experience.”

Allen said Touchstone extends the capabilities of Certus’ Digital Business Services (DBS), making it one of the largest DBS providers across the region.

Certus says it can now design and build rich interactive enterprise applications for its clients, integrating relevant IBM technologies including API Management and API Toolin, with organisations able to use Touchstone rapid software prototyping to conceive, collaborate and construct new apps without disrupting existing IT systems.

Since its acquisition of Core Technology in January this year, Certus has started using Touchstone with its customers, allowing them to integrate new functionality into their existing enterprise applications, by introducing new capabilities and enhancing existing ones.

Shane Mercer, DBS Solutions Director, Certus - and former Core Technology CEO - said “It is a huge achievement to be able to launch our next generation high fidelity application prototyping offering within the first one hundred days since the acquisition. Quality UX is no longer a nice to have when building applications and our clients are excited about the new services and capabilities incorporated within Touchstone.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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