At this year’s “Personal” trade fair (Stuttgart, 24./25. April and Hamburg, 9./10. May), the new user interface of the payroll management solution “Exact Lohn” is presented to an expert audience for the first time. The new user interface was previously presented to participants of the Exact Payroll Days where it has been greeted with much enthusiasm. Exact Software Deutschland and Centigrade created the user interface on the basis of a user-centered design approach.
The project started with the analysis of real user requirements. To elicit those, field visits were performed, during which members of the project team observed users in their real-life working environments in order to gain insight into relevant workflows and problems.
These insights served as basis for the following project activities from interaction design over visual design to user interface design engineering. The goal: creating a user interface that is aesthetically pleasing, technologically sound and optimally suited for real user requirements. The project was accompanied with usability tests, during which users worked with prototypes of the user interface. These tests made it possible to elicit feedback regarding usability early on and optimize the design accordingly. In addition, Centigrade created a production-ready WPF-theme in parallel to the client’s development activities, which could then be integrated elegantly into the .NET-based software by Exact.
Dr. Markus Weber, Head of Usability Engineering at Centigrade: “The project for the new Exact Lohn user interface closely followed the ideal user-centered design approach, for example by conducting extensive user task analyses with field visits. These provided an extremely helpful information-base for the following project activities and lead to several ‘Aha! effects’ in the project team. The enthusiastic feedback of participants in the Exact Payroll Days speaks in favor of the approach. And not least, the very pleasant and fruitful cooperation with the team of Exact Software Deutschland was crucial in making the project a success and really inspired us at Centigrade.”
Thomas Immich, CEO Centigrade: “The cooperation with Exact has been exemplary for a successful user interface development process in every respect. Not only was the focus put on the user right from the beginning when requirements were elicited. In addition, visual and technical aspects of the user interface have been observed over the whole course of the project so that, in the end, not only great concepts, but a production-ready WPF-based user interface was the result.”
Exact. And it all comes together.
Exact is a leading global supplier of business software. Since the beginning in 1984 the focus has developed from supporting financial processes to developing a complete ERP offering for small and medium enterprises. Innovative solutions like Exact Globe, Exact Synergy and Exact Online support over 100,000 customers – local and international companies – with the daily management of their business. Exact develops industry-specific on-premise and SaaS solutions for manufacturing, wholesale & distribution, professional services, small business and accountancy.
The payroll specialist Exact Software Deutschland is located in Munich and part of the Exact group. Exact is headquartered in Delft, the Netherlands and has been listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam since June 1999. The company’s revenues in 2011 amounted to € 215.6 million.