Nicola Thompson

ActiveStandards Spring 12 Release: What’s new?

Our Spring ’12 release of ActiveStandards is something of a milestone. We’ve undertaken a significant overhaul of the user interface – and as Friday’s post revealed, we’ve also updated the application’s back-end.

So why exactly have we made these changes, and, more importantly, how do they benefit our clients?

Wired for workflow

Most of the changes we’ve made to ActiveStandards in the Spring ’12 release are aimed at making the interface more task-driven. We did a lot of research into the main strands of user activity and worked to structure all the data held within ActiveStandards to match the way our users work.

Our clients use ActiveStandards for two very distinct things: management and error resolution. One of our biggest innovations has been to create two user pathways tailored to each of these use cases, making them more distinct and allowing users to take a structured path through the tasks.

We’ve also taken the opportunity to expand our standards library, which now includes a range of mobile standards.

Taking a deeper look

By far the biggest changes we’ve made have been in the Strategic Insight area. Many organisations – and most of our clients – are starting to establish measurable objectives for their web operations. Corporate reporting has become more metrics-driven, and web managers need to justify their budgets. This renewed accountability means it is increasingly important for organisations to track their progress, measure their efficiency and prove their successes to secure additional support for web operations.

In line with this trend, we have enhanced and expanded our Strategic Insight capabilities. We’ve grouped all the reporting data within ActiveStandards into a series of different views. These are presented in a tabbed layout which allows users to find what they want quickly. We’ve grouped related data together – for example, you will now find error spread data alongside a detailed breakdown of each error across all your websites. Information can be viewed as a graph or in a table, or exported into Microsoft Excel.

The main characteristic of all these updates is that they ensure ActiveStandards fits the shape and needs of businesses today.

For a more in-depth overview, watch our video: