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Anthony Franco's Blog On March 20 at AJAXWorld 2008 East, Anthony Franco, UX & UI Expert, President of Effective User Interface will be keynoting on RIA Adoption in 2008 – Risks, Rewards, Challenges and Opportunities. Last year, the overall demand for RIAs outpaced the qualified supply chain. This trend will continue in 2008. While last year brought unprecedented growth in RIA adoption— especially by Fortune 500 companies—RIA adoption in 2008 brings a new onslaught of risks, rewards, challenges, and opportunities for companies of all sizes. This year, companies facing both job growth and decline will need to continue to leverage innovative, usable RIAs to hone their competitive edge to outpace their competition and improve core business practices with fast, reliable, productivity-enhancing internal and external tools. However, building and deploying effective RIAs is... (more)

Could Apple Enter the Cloud Computing Market?

This is total speculation, but I believe it would be very possible for Apple to enter the cloud computing space. A recent article in the Charlotte Observer (found via a mac rumors article) is claiming they are offering Apple a huge tax break to set up a billion dollar server farm in North Carolina. Apple has an interesting competitive advantage here. They have loads of cash in reserve ($29 billion) and manufacture hardware, OS  and software. They have already proven their ability to scale services (iTunes). I would find it ridiculous if Apple has not at least talked about it inter... (more)

A few great new articles on the UIRC

RIAs Can Provide Complex Functionality on the Desktop Adobe AIR, Curl, Google Gears and Mozilla Prism all offer off-line desktop like functionality combined with RIA technology. Do these technologies represent a new kind of client platform? http://www.uiresourcecenter.com/rich-internet-applications/links.html?s=2_3    Removing the Noise: How to eliminate unnecessary distractions from projects – The EffectiveUI Project Management Team The EffectiveUI team of project managers compiled [...] ... (more)

The 8 Criteria For Usable Software

Over the past few years, there’s been a ton of buzz word creation; “RIA”, “Web 2.0 & 3.0″, “Semantic Web”, “Social Media”, “Microblogging” “Cloud Computing”, the list goes on. The truth is that all of us in the tech industry often forget thechnology’s ultimate purpose: To improve humanity… We forget that all the software we [...] ... (more)

EffectiveUI’s New Executive Team Members

Over the last four years, I have been incredibly fortunate to watch our company grow from Andy, Drew, and myself to more than 100 people. It’s been a tough but exciting road… “bootstrapping” has had its challenges for sure. During our crazy growth, we have always left our CEO position open, always knowing someday we [...] ... (more)