NetMan's user interface
Often you will not find usability / "user experience" at the same level as architecture. NetMan is unique as its user interface has been designed with a clean and clear vision that "Users should be able to access any data / report
they typically need within two to three clicks".
As everyone knows, achieving this objective is not easy for an application that should support customization as part of each new Element Management System avatar it takes. We decided to
design the user-interface based on the actual end-users (i.e.) the network administrators and operators. So most of the customization and configuration functions are hidden as part of advanced configuration menus and the primary user
interface and menus will be based on network operators and administrators. Our user interface follows a simple layout of a tree in the left-side and a list of tabs in the right side as shown in the image below.
Context-sensitive tabs / data
All the tabs shall be context sensitive (i.e.) the tabs shall represent the list of common information / reports that an end user will be interested in while at the specific location. You can compare the difference in the images below.
Another important factor we included in NetMan's user interface design is to ensure that the data is always displayed in a context-sensitive manner so that whenever someone looks at a screen he / she doesn't have to remember the path
they took to reach the specific screen, by looking at the tab selection and tree selection they can make out the context of the data. Whatever information a user looks is always automatically filtered based on the tree and tab selection.
To make it easier for operators to trigger / launch actions whenever required, NetMan supports context-sensitive menus. With the flexibility to configure the menu's visibility based on the device's status; only the currently possible menus
will be listed at all times. If a user prefers to do a bulk-operation (i.e.) make the same change across several network elements, they can multi-select the network elements and do a right-click - the menus applicable for bulk-operation across
the currently selected devices will be listed.
Whenever you need some details / help about a specific action you are attempting to perform in a GUI, you can click on the "Help" button. As with other user friendly options in the GUI, the "help" is also context sensitive, you will be
directly taken to the help page that is directly related to the current GUI. Operators do not have to search / navigate to the relevant section in the help documentation.