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Once designers have defined what the operating environment will be within your chosen key assignment company, you will need to identify the problems with the current system as it may not be fulfilling the client’s operational objectives. The software may not have been designed and implemented with the proper user interfaces, may not be capable of handling certain user data inputs, may be too slow, or cannot provide the required outputs for the user. Describe the following:

  • Functional issues associated with your identified project and how you convert these problems into software/system objectives revolve around the designer’s ability to identify problems with the functional I/O of the software in place, or issues may be related to performance, architecture, interfaces, hardware, security, communications
  • Various elements you considered in defining your objectives (system security; ease of future modification and expansion; program needs; allowable operational changes; costs; level of effort; time schedules; and reliability, sustainability, and availability)

Provide the sections above, and ensure this is added to your Week 1 project along with any instructor recommendations. This project therefore should be a consolidated project from week to week. Ensure the rules of APA format are followed.

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Running Head: SALES USER INTERFACE DESIGN PROJECT Sales user interface design project James Larkin 10-6-18 1 SALES USER INTERFACE DESIGN PROJECT 2 Introduction and the outline for the Proposal System development and maintenance have been an integral part of our society for a long time. System development and maintenance are intertwined in that the maintenance, and operation of a system will depend on how well it was designed. Studies indicate that system development and maintenance begun in the 1940s, whereby no single person can be credited for this invention (Jones, 2014). In the late 1960s, software development began, and there was a rapid advancement in software design, and engineering. Software engineers have played a key role in improving the performance of computer systems, by devising new methods that make system development easier, productive and more robust. Maintenance has been key to system engineering since there is a need to correct flaws or to improve systems to serve us better. Advancements in system development have allowed designers to develop systems that are easy to use and navigate. This project involves designing a sales user interface for an e-commerce firm. The client for this project is Boxwish; a small e-commerce firm located in Conway, South Carolina. This firm deals in a wide range of products ranging from cosmetics, beauty products, electronics, and apparels. The client acknowledges that the user interface will impact how their buyers interact with their website, ultimately affecting the sales. For instance, an interactive user interface will encourage clients to shop online (Allanwood, & Beare, 2014). As designers, we understand that designing the user interface for this firm will require careful analysis and much consideration. For instance, we must design the interface using as minimal resources as possible. Before embarking on this design, we must analyze various elements of the current site, to determine whether the site is compatible with our proposed design. SALES USER INTERFACE DESIGN PROJECT 3 Due to the convenience associated with online sales, the client is aware that establishing and maintaining an online presence will offer enormous benefits to their business. Currently, the client has a website, through which customers learn about the availability of new products. However, the site does not allow them to make orders and to do so; they must contact the company via email, skype or phone calls. This project will entail designing a sales user interface that can allow clients to purchase products online, calculate the price, and monitor the status of their delivery among other functions. The key aim of this proposal is to design a user interface that will improve customer’s experience and allow them to shop conveniently and easily. Designing this system will require close coordination between the designer, developers, and the client. For the past two months, our designers have been in consultation with Boxwish Inc. on how to revamp their current website. We aim to revamp the website to allow clients to shop online without any need to email or call the company’s representative. Incorporating the sales user interface will involve designing and developing the interface separately, and adding it to the website on completion. Designing a user interface requires the design team to follow some steps or procedures. These steps are understanding business requirements, conducting user research, establishing a clear structure, wireframe design, prototype design and testing of the design to assert that it meets the required procedure (Buley, 2013). The key purpose of a user interface is to make the user interaction efficient, intuitive and as simple as possible (Allanwood, & Beare, 2014). Once this goal is attained, clients will enjoy interacting with the site, and subsequently, the firm will record more sales. Poor user interface design will hurt a company since clients will opt to shop on another website that is friendly, interactive and easy to use. SALES USER INTERFACE DESIGN PROJECT 4 References Allanwood, G., & Beare, P. (2014). Basics interactive design: User experience design: Creating designs users really love. A&C Black. Buley, L. (2013). The user experience team of one: A research and design survival guide. Brooklyn, N.Y: Rosenfeld Media. Jones, C. (2014). The technical and social history of software engineering. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Addison-Wesley. ...
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