Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 8 has an unlikely enthusiast, the SunGard product manager for a back office application.
Director or product management operations at SunGard, Richard Chapman said that the combination of touch and keyboard and the ability to expand and shrink data with a swipe of finger exceptionally enhances back office speed.
Describing on a sleek Intel Ultrabook, Chapman shows how a user of SunGard’s IntelliMatch reconciliation application can expand and contract stacks of figures in a matter of a second on the touchscreen, which is much faster than working with a mouse or working with the keyboard to recover records and work with them.
SunGard plans on running some benchmarking to compare the Windows 8 device to regular desktops but Chapman seemed certain that the Windows 8 device could win.
This is something of a surprise for him. In the process of redesigning its reconciliation application, SunGard used to check financial records in back to find any transactions where the numbers do not match. SunGard also took note of the growing popularity of apple iPads. It started designing a light-weight IntelliMatch application for the tablet so back users could check on operations while there were not on their desks or in meetings.
Chapman and CTO of SunGard Don Tyson had gone to Mumbai to work with Fractal Ink, Microsoft’s design part for the graphical user interface for independent tiles of Windows 8. While users are working on an application on one or more tiles, other tiles can keep on getting data in real-time and update continuously, which is a helpful feature in finance.
Chapman and Tyson explained how their application operates and Fractal Ink demonstrated how it could be displayed on the tablet.
SunGard had taken the designs to clients and gone through a few iterations. Then the development teams from the financial software company and the Indian design team started working on it and built it in a span of 6 months.