Find out with us whether the system you use is smart or not by answering ten simple questions.
Give each of the following questions a critical grade from zero to ten.
- Usefulness. What is your software used for? How useful is it for your work? Does it help you remember things to do? Does it make you work better (quality – appropriateness)?
- Pro-activity. Is your software a simple tool for recording data, maybe for someone else? Does it alert you on aspects that deserve your attention? How much does it respond and anticipate your work processes?
- Self-configured, learn by use. Is your software able to analyse your habits and configure itself accordingly (how a browser does, offering you the most visited sites, for example)? In other words, is the user interface static or dynamic?
- Ease of use. How much training and education does your software require to be used? Can a new user use it without reading a manual or being trained by someone?
- Access. How easy and immediate is it to access your software? Can you do it through fingerprints (not very useful for those who work with gloves), voice, facial recognition?
- Usability. How can your software be used? With the mouse only? With touch screens too? With voice, without interacting with any physical device?
- Integration. How integrated is your software? Do you need to re-enter data that is already present on or has been detected by other devices or that can be calculated – inferred?
- Error prevention. How much does your software help you prevent errors? Only those related to typing or also those related to data interpretation or to your decisions?
- Availability. On which devices can your software be used (PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones)? Is it optimized for each of them? Does it require a local installation
- Analysis capabilities. Does your software allow you to analyse the data it collects or that you have introduced? Does it only process information or can it suggest correlations, phenomena, criticalities?
- 0 to 30. I’m sorry, but you have a stupid, useless software. If there is no specific obligation to use it, maybe it would be better to do without it.
- 31 to 50. You’re average, though that’s no great consolation. There is plenty of room for improvement, although you would have to change your software to get it.
- From 51 to 75. You have quite smart software to accompany you in your work. There are several areas for improvement, but they are not always easy to achieve without a change in technology.
- Over 75. Your software/system is smart and is the state-of-the-art of today’s technologies. But they rapidly evolve, and you need to start thinking about their renewal in order to stay up to date.