Second LEAP Master class

After surviving the ‘Oktoberfest’ in Munich I yesterday attended the second master class of LEAP, see previous post. I was not really excited about this master class, since I not very keen on user interface or experience. After the master class was finished I had a different feeling, I was actually excited having gained more insight in user experience.

The master class was around Enterprise Information Provisioning. What is the best way to provide information through services to its users; what is the best way users can interact with information. Well, Microsoft offers different platforms for ‘experiencing’ (presenting, consuming, acting upon) enterprise services and information. These platforms are:

  • Windows platform

  • Mobile platform

  • Office platform

  • Web platform.

  • Nico Copier a Microsoft Technology Architect held a presentation about User Experience. He first went into the layers of SOA and where to place user experience technology like smart clients, sharepoint, silverlight and web.

    Second subject was a tedious, theoretically part around user experience for architects. Here I had a hard time to keep my eyes open, it was interesting but I was still tired from Oktoberfest not the speaker. Nico explained a model for architects to consider when user experience is involved in a project, see below.

    First part in the model is ideas, where one needs to take users in account and divide them into personas, goal(s) to achieve in system (application) and prototyping. Second part is user interface where platform, productivity and performance come into play. Last part is concerns internals proven considerations (quality, installation, error handling, and test strategy), people and pro-activity. To have a better understanding for this model I would advise MSDN Architecture Center site user experience.

    Last subject of his presentation was about technology like smart client, WPF, ASP.NET, AJAX and BI. After that we went on doing case studies.