New Vision for Transportation Management Software Design
What transportation and logistics professionals expect from their software is continuously evolving, and software developers must find new ways to keep pace with those expectations.
This evolution has been accelerated by the simplicity that people experience in their everyday lives with their phones and tablets. At MercuryGate, we believe that transportation management software needs to evolve and adjust to the way our customers work. We constantly seek ways to make our software faster and easier to use so that our customers can be more productive.
A couple of years ago, we set out on a new project to redesign our user interface with the goal of setting a new standard by which all transportation management system (TMS) user interfaces would be measured against. Ambitious? Perhaps, but we believe our newly launched user interface is exactly what we set out to achieve. This is more than just a new look and feel.
The ezVision interface introduces a new era of simplicity and data awareness for transportation management system software that is truly designed around the user, their needs and how they want to get work done.
Creating a ‘Near-Zero’ Click Experience
One of the guiding principles in developing the new interface is to reduce the number of clicks or actions required to complete a task. We looked very closely at click counts for tasks, and our goal was to drop those clicks to as close to zero as possible. And, what you’ll see in the new interface is that we have reduced many tasks from 3 or 4 clicks to 1 or, in some cases, none. It may feel incremental, but fewer clicks means more efficiency, less wasted action and getting more done faster so that you can focus on higher value work.
Creating a great experience begins with creating a leading-edge visual appearance with a clean, attractive design with strong use of typography and color. But, just because a software interface looks good, doesn’t mean it’s useful. What you display is as important, or more important, than how you display it.
More than just a great-looking design, the user interface is truly a new experience designed around the user of TMS software. We have shifted the focus from simple feature/functionality to making every interaction with the TMS the best experience it can be, with speed being a measurable output of form.
New Features of the MercuryGate User Interface
Taking Cues from the Modern Workspace
Ultimately, the heart of an application lies at its core with how well aligned it is to the flow of the user’s work. And, this new interface is designed to fit with how today’s professionals want to work.
For instance, we know many of our customers work from more than just one screen. In this modern, multi-tasking world, you probably have at least two screens. The interface has been enabled to support dual-screen environments, allowing you to drag windows in the interface to a second screen to get even more done, faster.
Managing the Interrupted Workflow
Making the Switch to the New Interface
If you are new to MercuryGate, you enjoy the ezVision interface from day one. For our existing customers who are currently on the legacy workflow, contact your account executive to discuss how to upgrade.
Either way, we invite you to see it for yourself – schedule a more comprehensive demo of the new interface today.