Written by: Stafford Burt, Senior Principal Sales Consultant, Oracle
Less than five years ago only a very few people had smart phones and mobile apps were a very new concept. Fast forward three years and few people would have believed you if you’d said you’d have a device under £50 ($75) in your home that used natural spoken language to perform a huge variety of tasks—"Alexa what’s in my Diary today", "Siri book me a Lyft". This was the kind of thing we’d only ever seen on Star Trek. Now imagine what things will be like two years into the future for your human resources team; will voice activated chatbots using artificial intelligence (AI) completely replace screen-based user interfaces (UI)? "Alexa which payroll items were out of tolerance?," "Siri book me on PRINCE2 training in June." How about in five years? Will screens be a thing of the past, will pretty much all HR transactions be run by AI with human intervention only required to manage the few exceptions in the processes?
Oracle HCM Cloud has begun to introduce a new Responsive UX because large-scale mobile deployments need to be simplified. It all starts from the new homepage, a ‘Newsfeed’ style design that looks like familiar apps, such as Facebook and BBC, presenting a long vertical page feed of information. For employees and managers they will also get the new responsive designs for all self-service transactions as well. Frankly, reliance on mobile apps restricts our flexibility to innovate, quite literally, it holds back our imagination, which is key for delivering a best-in-class SaaS cloud platform. Our move to a highly adaptive Responsive UX is a move to the most flexible and innovative HCM cloud software available today and should see us in good stead for the future. "Beam me up Scotty!
1. Flexibility—Ever tried changing a mobile app? Unless you’re a Java, or iOS expert—good luck. However, adding or removing a function in an adaptive UX is as simple as changing a configured menu item in a user’s role-based portal, changing the colours, logos, fonts, texts, wording, etc., is a simple business configuration.
2. Portability—Ever been asked "does that work on a Windows phone?" or worse "Blackberry?" The answer with Responsive UX is yes, as long as it’s got a browser it works. Currently, Android and Apple dominate the mobile market but we’ve all seen how rapidly things in that market change—increasingly we’re using wearables and voice activation let the device do the heavy lifting, on the technology we’re just going to plug into it!
3. Security—How do you cope if an employee loses their device or leaves the organization? How do we get the app switched off? In reality we talk to Mobile Device Management tools, but few of us are deploying or using these tools. With Responsive designs its simple; users login just as they do on their laptop and if the device is lost, no data is stored on the device, ergo no risk.
4. Ownership—Employees are often asking about bring your own device (BYOD) to work, or if the device needs to be supplied by you, the employer. With Responsive UX, a required mobile device is null—it’s a secure logon to a web site using any mobile browser on any device.
5. Longevity—How do I get my users to ensure they’re using the right version of the app? Sounds like you're asking an on-premises question to me! The simple answer is: with Responsive UX, they simply cannot be on the wrong version, they just go to a browser window.
Now that you understand Responsive UX vs mobile application, are you ready for the new look?