Responsive design has been a hot topic for a while now, and it’s no wonder: Having apps and websites that adjust to fit your browser—whether you are on a phone, tablet or computer—is critical for a good user experience. With the mobile nature of facility teams’ work, needing to resize screens or squint to read tiny spreadsheets simply doesn’t work.
But in addition to making an easier experience, responsive design has another huge benefit for users: It allows us to create a single experience for our software. In the early days of mobile software, you’d often have one version for the phone, one version for the tablet, and one for the computer. Each version might have a different look and feel, sometimes different menus and tools, and occasionally even different data. It was confusing, clumsy and time consuming. And you (and everyone else on the team) would have to receive training on each version in order to use them. Mobility might have made work easier, but there was still a lot of time and effort going into training, cross-checking, and tinkering with tools that didn’t quite sync with how the work got done.
The benefit for facility teams now is that technology and modern design have allowed us to move past the early mobile days. Today we can offer a better experience: One interface, formatted for whatever device you are one, synced with current data. That means no checking interfaces against each other. No squinting at hard-to-read screens. And no time learning all the different interfaces. Using your building automation system and other tools is much quicker and easier.
That’s the value of a single experience and why we think it’s such a big deal. It saves time for you and your teams and allows you to focus on your buildings, not your software.
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