User Experience can change the game!!

Bad User experience

Bad User experience

Lot’s of innovative projects get failed due to bad user experience. Be it big projects like ERP within an enterprise or a small website of a small shop. It’s the people who are going to use/view. If the end product, though having lot’s of capability, is not easy to use then sure the product is going to see the phase-out phase sooner.

New functionalities may increase the capability of the tool/portal but equally important is the user adoption. I’ll share one of my experience, out of many such instances.

There is a new news aggregator tool in market known as Feedpost. When I came across this, I was excited as it’s giving me options to quickly go through many magazines, current news in different topics, including business and economics. But when I signed up it sent invitation emails to all my mail contacts, automatically without asking me anything!! I was taken aback when some of my contacts complained about it. Even it sent reminders to my contacts too!! It was such a bad experience I couldn’t dare to use this tool. Recently I have sent one email to the founder of the tool explaining the issue. I hope they’ll fix this issue soon and no other new user get’s impacted in future!

There is another classic example – evolution of Windows and Macintosh compared to not so easy to use Unix/Linux.

What is Supply Chain Collaboration ?

Picture for Supply chain collaboration

Today’s business is more complex and widespread as compared to previous decades. The manufacturers are more dependent upon their customers and hence need to align w.r.t the changes to customer demand. Same equation persists across the supply network. If the final demand of the end user changes then this change affects backwards till the raw material suppliers.

Just imagine if it’s possible for the entire supply network to work as a team and respond to the dynamicity of the end-user demand, then it’s a big advantage for the entire supply network as well as the end-user.

This is where ‘Supply Chain Collaboration’ or ‘Supply Network Collaboration’ comes into picture. So I would define ‘Supply Chain Collaboration’ as- Collaboration, at both planning & execution level, between 2 or more entities of the supply network in order to bring more values to all the business partners involved.

As I mentioned collaboration can be done at various phases of the value network. The methods and objectives also vary a lot depending upon the industry and business model. Many tools are available in today’s market to cater this requirement. Some instances are SAP, JDA, Infor etc.

Newtab as a BlankTab in Mozilla Firefox

If you are a regular user of Mozilla for browsing then you must have noticed that whenever you open a new tab then the default Mozilla tab appears having url http://www.google.cm/firefox appears.

I feel this annoying. In recent versions of firefox it’s bit difficult to set the new tab as blank. But you can do this by changing the config file associated with Mozilla. The steps are described as below:

Step-1: Enter in url field “about:config” without quotes.

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Step-2: Click on “I’ll be careful” button and then enter “browser.newtab.url” without double quotes in the search field.

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Step-3: double click on the value column and then input “about:blank” without quotes.

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Step-4: Now press ‘OK’. That’s it now test by opening a newtab.

If it helps you or you need any help then please mention in the comment section.