The release of Windows 10 and more recently Windows 10 Mobile with Continuum has highlighted the synergies and common customer UX direction between partners Microsoft and SYSPRO.
A lot of what SYSPRO does day-to-day reflects the same measured thought process of boosting the user experience that Microsoft put into Windows 10 and its Universal Windows Platform (UWP). At the core of UWP applications is the idea that users want their mobile experiences to be the same across ALL their devices, and they want to use whatever device is most convenient or productive for the task at hand.
Windows 10 is the first drive by Microsoft to unify their desktop, tablet and phone operating systems into a single OS. As such, Windows 10 on the phone shares many of the same features as its desktop version, including the same kernel, UI elements, menus, and even Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant application.
It will also support Continuum (so named because it expands smartphone functionality) on some newer smartphones, allowing a desktop-like experience by plugging the phone into any external monitor – Continuum will turn the smartphone into a PC in the user’s pocket.
According to SYSPRO CEO Phil Duff, the roadmap for SYSPRO over the next three years will be driven by smart phone technology. SYSPRO’s mobile application Espresso, built on the UWP will be further enhanced from the roll-out of Continuum on Windows 10 mobile. This will bring the ultimate intuitive ERP user experience to customers, including top down visibility across the supply chain. SYSPRO is currently using Windows 10 to show the value of the Internet of Things devices linking with its ERP application.
Key considerations for the future of the SYSPRO solution include making the user interface even more intuitive for users, and empowering them to better utilise the technology. In fact, the next version of SYSPRO Espresso is modelled upon this innovative Windows 10 technology, with a user interface that can adjust itself according to the device needs of each individual user.
Making sure SYSPRO continues to connect to the world is vital – connecting to and providing visibility of data that is stuck out in the Internet, to help CIOs and business owners make better sense of it. This trend is tying together the Internet of Things, predictive analytics and a deeply intuitive user interface and experience.
All these improvements are being made to ensure that SYSPRO remains a key business application for manufacturing organisations in the age of Industry 4.0 – a collective term used to describe the future factory, where cyber physical systems and the Internet of Things help revolutionize factories. Watch this space as we will soon reveal our next announcement of the benefits of Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile for SYSPRO 7 with the integration of Cortana.