Software product engineering
Ensuring great user experience in complex networking software
At CodiLime, designing and building UI for information-heavy network applications is our core competence. We provide a team of UX designers and researchers with a proven track record in designing UX & UI for complex networking solutions.
But why invest in UX? Bear in mind that network applications generate tons of data that need to be analyzed quickly. The analysis should produce actionable insights that a user should be able to put into practice immediately.
On the other hand, the brain processes visual data 60,000 times faster than it does text. Therefore, a good information-architecture and navigation flow will enable networking software operators to make right decisions quickly thus saving time and labor and decreasing the number of errors.
At CodiLime, we conduct UX research to identify new opportunities, generate ideas and fuel innovation. This research drives and demonstrates our clients’ vision and improves their market position. Based on the research we prepare a comprehensive UX strategy for networking products.
User-experience research methods are great at producing data and insights, while ongoing activities help get the right things done. Alongside R&D, ongoing UX activities can make everyone’s efforts more effective and valuable. At every stage, the UX design can keep product-development on the right track and in alignment with what users actually need.
A clickable UX prototype is an interactive version of a product mockup that allows you to show its functionalities and the user’s navigation flow in practice. It can take the form of low-fidelity or high-fidelity mockups depending on the stage of the product lifecycle. If you are satisfied with the prototype, it can be sent for coding.
Building a UX prototype offers you considerable benefits:
Creating an interactive UX prototype is the right approach to product design and development, in simple cases up through the most complex network systems.
The user interface of a networking product, e.g. application for network monitoring, can be very complex and display tons of data. Its operators need to quickly get insights into the state of their network and take appropriate actions. Therefore such an interface needs to visualize data clearly and consistently.
On the other hand, our analysis shows that 92% of network apps do not meet the criteria of solid UX in terms of ease of use, look and feel, components and accessibility.
At CodiLime, we design UI for networking products taking into account all requirements specific to this type of product. Ensuring high data readability and high user experience in information-heavy environments is the ultimate goal of every UI design.
We have been auditing the quality of networking application UX design since 2011, and have developed the rating scale on the basis of that work. The methodology draws on the research of UX pioneers Nielsen Norman Group, WCAG rules and our wide experience in creating network solutions enabling us to quickly but thoroughly rate almost every network application.
This rating contains 21 evaluation criteria in four categories.
Those scores show you where your product needs to be improved and give you an idea, where it is positioned among your closest competitors.