Interview with Günter König, former head of GESIS, Gesellschaft für Informationssysteme mbH, and former CIO of Salzgitter AG Can Do: Mr König, GESIS is on one hand the IT service provider ...
In Version 5.0 of its project management software, Can Do has completely reworked the user interface and optimised it in terms of the latest ergonomic findings. Can Do has oriented the redesigning of the workplace on the so-called Flat Design that is used in modern Smartphones and tablets and which represents simple operation. The new design is based on clear optics that put the essentials in the foreground: The functions of the project management software. In the process, Can Do has, for example, done away with shadows, colour gradients and other attempts at realism and has only concentrated on the representation of the functions required for efficient portfolio and project management. With the introduction of the Flat Design, Can Do has also adapted the large objects in the Gantt chart (Slim Skin) and improved the readability with a new font. This enables users to manage more projects on their monitors simultaneously with an improved overview. Furthermore, in the new version of its project management software, Can Do has developed animation that supports eye-steering in terms of the individual project objects.
With the new Flat Design, Can Do lives up to the growing functionality of its software: In spite of the wide scope of its functions, the Can Do software has remained a simple, intuitively operated application that enjoys a high level of acceptance by users. From the beginning stages of the development of the initial concept for its project management software, Can Do placed the highest degree of importance on easy operability. In this way, the ergonomics are oriented towards real-time strategy games that are mostly intuitively operated in spite of their complexity. The multi-level information architecture is also based on modern computer games.
Besides the new design of the graphic user interface for project planning and management in the form of a Gantt chart, Can Do has integrated the table planner into the workspace as a tab in its own right. This is particularly useful for the convenient planning of periodic activities such as maintenance work. The table planner is another step towards integration of users within the line organisation into the Can Do planning software. Over and above this, the functionality of the project portfolio management has also been extended: In the strategic planning of portfolios, management can now also carry out detailed planning on simulated projects on the portfolio level in order to illustrate the specific progress of the project. With this development, Can Do has placed strategic portfolio planning on the foundation of realistic resource management. Can Do releases Version 5.0 of its project management software on 14 April, 2014 and will deliver to their clients in stages.