At IntraSee, our approach to PeopleSoft and usability stands out for many reasons, but one often flies under the radar. We are big believers in the PeopleTools technology stack, and all of our products are built on PeopleTools combined with web technologies that fit inside that stack. But you would never know that by looking at our solutions. What you see is best in class usability. And what you get is reliability, scalability, and ease of maintenance.

In the early days, we considered the obvious question: why use a new technology when you have one your clients already know? Think about all the features you are already comfortable with that have been tried and tested over multiple decades:

  • Authentication/Authorization
  • Performance and redundancy
  • Caching mechanisms
  • Backups, clones and restores
  • Patching and migrations
  • Workflow
  • Search
  • And more!

Why would you build these things from scratch? More importantly, why would you risk redundant code by running two technologies that do the same thing? Even the simple stuff like user ID provisioning can become a problem. When you have two technology stacks trying to stay in sync and provision/de-provision accounts, messy stuff just happens!

Security

Maybe most importantly, when you introduce new technology stacks such as Microsoft .Net, PHP, and Java, you are increasing the moles in a game of security whack-a-mole.

Security Whack-a-Mole

It is one more system that could have a security vulnerability. One more place for a performance bottleneck. One more way for things to go wrong and they always find a way of blowing up on you. The more moving pieces you have in your architecture, the harder it is to keep up. We are only human, after all.

At IntraSee, we believe you should spend your time and energy on delighting your users. Don’t get bogged down in security patches, synchronizations and the maintenance of multiple technology stacks.  Contact us and learn more about our approach.

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When asked to develop something for people’s visual impairments, the first question that often comes up is: how will this work in a screen reader? Yes, while a complete visual deficiency tends to be the place where the most focus takes place, it does not always address the most common of the visual impairments; individuals with Color Vision Deficiency (CVD).

Braille Tablet

Figure 1: University of Michigan recently announced a braille tablet.

So, how prevalent is CVD? According to some estimates, it as high as 1 in every 12 men / 1 in every 200 women in the world, and in most cases inherited genetically. That’s an incredibly high number and it’s something that great design needs to account for. Let’s look at a recent case that highlights the effects of CVD on design.

During this year’s National Football League season, a major manufacturer of equipment for the NFL decided to go outside of the box and create super bright, monochromatic uniforms for the teams. As far as a marketing strategy went, this made complete sense – vivid colors make things pop! The players would appear to move more quickly; the game would be that much more exciting!

Green Jets vs. Red Bills

Figure 2: NFL Color Rush – Bills vs Jets 2015

The problem was, the uniforms were not designed to take CVD into consideration, as the NFL later admitted. When the game was ultimately played, there were thousands of people flooding the social networks up in arms that the game was impossible to watch.

Bills vs. Jets in Red/Green

Figure 3: What the Color Rush experiment looked like to a person with CVD.

IntraSee Believes Accessibility is Important!

The NFL is one of the biggest stages in the United States, and even they missed out on something that affects approximately 8% of men in the world. This could have been easily remedied if accessibility guidelines were taken into consideration from the beginning.

At IntraSee our design begins with accessibility in mind, and our development follows through with it.

Take for instance the IntraSee Academic Planner. It is designed to display each course in a student’s plan as a different colored element in a grid. This is incredibly useful to quickly group courses together and spatially determine if the schedule makes sense.

Academic Planner Contrast

Figure 4: IntraSee’s Academic Planner Auto Contrast Feature

Those colors, in the grid, are a configuration setting during implementation. Any color combination can be implemented to both match your organization’s brand and maintain the proper color contrast ratios. The Academic Planner even provides personalization options allowing the student to pick their own colors! Our technology will automatically adjust font colors for optimal contrast. Those are the details that make for great design for the entire population.

Our development methodology always includes rigorous accessibility reviews and our products are developed in a way that allows for configuration including the ability to incorporate advanced accessibility features such as ARIA.

At IntraSee, we have always said user experience is not a pretty picture. It is a mindset, and it considers angles that are often missed. We understand how important it is for your employees and students to be able to use the system you provide without any limitations. Contact us to learn more.

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Please meet us in Paris at the French Oracle User Group (La Journée Utilisateurs des Clubs Francophones des Utilisateurs de solutions Oracle) on March 24. We will be discussing PeopleSoft User Experience complete with incredible live demonstrations of how the PeopleSoft platform and IntraSee can create compelling experiences and integrations.

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We are excited to be at Alliance 2016 this year in Seattle, WA. Stop by our booth for a chance to win a special prize and see our latest technologies. Whether it is our mobile solutions, cloud adapters, course search, academic planner or simply a beautiful student center, we will have something for you.

Not only will we be on the exhibit floor, we will have some incredible presentations that you have to see.

Session Name: Delivering a First-Class PeopleSoft User Experience for My.Harvard
Session Number: 35504
Schedule Details: Mon, Mar 07, 2016 (10:15 AM – 11:15 AM) in 605/610

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Session Name: PeopleSoft Usability Improvement Case Studies
Session Number: 35459
Schedule Details: Mon, Mar 07, 2016 (01:00 PM – 02:00 PM) in TCC Yakima 1

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Other Sessions of Note

Session Name: iHub for the Masses (presented by University of Minnesota)
Session Number: 35862
Schedule Details: Tue, Mar 08, 2016 (8:30 AM – 9:30 AM)

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