Working with Stranova
Generating Innovative Software Designs
That Enable the User to Use Our Systems
Useful Computing, LLC has been working for several years with Stranova, a leading consultant service focused on helping companies achieve their highest possible potential as strategic innovators.
Stranova and Useful Computing have found in our work together and throughout our careers that unifying our engineering design and development work around the ultimate users' purpose has been a productive, reliable, efficient approach for us to resolving many challenges in technical design, development and management. Our projects together have shown us that the purpose of technology is to provide great tools to people, tools that help their user do what they want to do, better than they could without the tool.
Repeatedly Stranova and Useful Computing have found that current product development is inherently compromised by its own legacies in design, development approaches, market and investment strategies.
The result of losing that essential focus in system and application development is what we call the fragmenting of the user's purpose. Initially our digital tools could do only a part of each problem, limited by hardware, software and user interface realities. Unfortunately for the user, these partitionings of the users' real needs now have become entrenched, either in stagnant interfaces, policies or corporate strategies.
The resulting disjointed tool sets far too often limit their user, wasting more of his time than they recover. His attention is too often mis-directed by requiring him to re-integrate the tools and chunked data around his real-world task. The purpose of every tool is of course just the opposite: to enable the user to better focus on his task.
A highly relevant current example of this is the medical integration field which is keenly aware of this essential problem. Its own legacies of "silo" data and function sets are so entrenched that in spite of the obvious advantages of digital integration there is constant resistance from medical professionals, other intended users, and even their own IT professionals.
The challenge is of course how to interconnect every aspect of modern medicine's information, from patient data of all kinds to control considerations, accounting, security, and archiving. Everyone understands the need to digitize and interconnect, but as time has passed the ability to coordinate all this is now buried under arrays of competing digital systems, requiring each medical specialist to learn not one but many difficult new sets of tools.
The end result is that despite the glowing rhetoric of the medical integration tools suppliers, in reality government incentives and penalties are now needed to actively force the medical field to use the tools that developers offer, often forced on them with the kinds of results you might expect from such actions.
This is one of the challenges we are addressing in our current work.