Quick and targeted access to strategic core data anytime and anywhere—this enables a tablet app for the strategic intelligence software SOLYP3 which IT students of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg developed during the summer semester 2014 as part of a learning project sponsored by SOLYP Informatik GmbH. The project was part of the AMOS course (Agile Methods & Open Source) taught by Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle and aimed to provide students with the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience in professional, team-based software development. And the result is quite impressive!
As one of four industry partners, SOLYP gave the idea and defined the project requirements. Seven Master students from Chile, China, Germany, India and Spain then independently developed and implemented a solution to the problem. They were supported in their efforts by Martin Rügamer, Head of Software Development, who provided valuable feedback during regular meetings.
What came out at the end was a tablet application with a Windows 8 tile interface which combines excellent functionality with maximum user-friendliness:
- With a single touch on one of the big tiles, the user can locate the desired information quickly and easily.
- Strategic core data is displayed clearly and context-sensitively. For example, key information on competitors can be retrieved and compared over time.
- Users, especially managers, receive exactly the kind of information they actually want to use in their daily work. SOLYP is thus following the trend to provide users only with relevant parts of the software. This simplifies the use of software considerably. Complex and little-used functions in very large software packages become a thing of the past.
The data used by the students was only test data. However, building on the excellent groundwork made by the students, SOLYP aims to integrate parts of the app into SOLYP3, so that our customers will benefit from this innovation in the future. They can look forward to additional functions, such as the editing and updating of data directly in the app, as well!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the students and Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle for the very pleasant and fruitful collaboration!