This is the company blog for megaventory, an online software that helps small businesses that buy, sell and manufacture physical products to manage sales, purchasing, manufacturing and inventory. We blog about new features and updates but also about enterprise software, small businesses, cloud computing and the industry in general.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Software Advice interview: Megaventory among best UIs of inventory management software

Those following us on our social media accounts (do visit and follow us at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+) will already know that Megaventory was selected by Software Advice - which helps people find the right software for their organization - as one of the inventory management services with the best UI!


 



We're glad to see our focus on usability pay off as we really think it's a crucial aspect when designing an ERP experience and one that is often sacrificed at the expense of adding even more features and bells and whistles. Given the importance of usability and our obsession about it (as well as a little surprise that's coming up soon) we decided to go a bit deeper and ask the article's author Forrest Burnson, a couple of questions on the subject.

 

Here are his views on UI/UX:

1. Why did you choose to include Megaventory in the list of online inventory management software with a top UI?


I particularly liked how organized and clean the UI was. Not only is it intuitive and aesthetically pleasing, but it is able to present a lot of information on-screen without being too cluttered.

2. What is the most innovative idea or usability element you have seen in modern interfaces?


I think now more than ever, software developers and engineers are making greater strides to really put themselves in the shoes of the end user. They're thinking a lot more about how long it takes the average user to figure out how to use their software. So that's one thing. The growing prominence of web-based, SaaS applications has also been huge. When you're developing an application for a web browser, you're generally faced with more limitations compared to a desktop application. But those limitations might be more of a blessing than a curse - you're able to integrate standard web design best practices that the user is already familiar with, which generally forces you to keep it simple and intuitive. While it might be a bit of a no-brainer to say that being able to use a web browser to access an application is incredibly innovative, it can't be stated enough.

3. What are the characteristic UI/UX elements online services should have which are the most sought after by end users?


Simplicity, familiarity and readability. End users want something that isn't too different from what they are used to, and they want it to be simple. They don't want to have to do a lot of reading - people generally scan web pages. The less clicking and typing they have to do, the better.

4. What do you see as being the future of UI/UX in online services?


Can you believe what UI/UX on the web looked like just ten years ago? The terrible fonts, the flash animations, the lack of white space, etc. And now we're at this point where things look utterly stunning, and developers and software engineers are really responding to the market demand for applications that look nice and are easy to use. And it's only going to get better. In terms of what that means for the future, it really comes down to what kind of devices people are using. Tablet and smartphone adoption is through the roof, so we will definitely see even greater UI/UX optimization toward those devices.

And of course, having said all that here is his post on the best inventory management system user interfaces.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Megaventory Updates: new Magento version, Zapier integration, GetApp entry

Lots of updates are already in place and improving your Megaventory experience - check them out:

New Magento module version is live


For those of you who are using Magento to run your business or are considering adopting it (or know someone who has already done so), you'll be glad to know that we have a new version out - v2.0.1. You can grab it here. It supports bulk synchronization, it's faster, more stable, has less bugs - and we're really proud of it.

Megaventory is partnering with Zapier!


We're in the process of integrating with Zapier - when that's done Megaventory will be able to connect with hundreds of popular services with only imagination being the limit to what it can do. Zapier is a very promising project - be sure to check out their App Directory - we're really proud to become a member of their platform. More on that soon!

GetApp Review


Megaventory has recently been featured in many sites but one of our favorites is the GetApp Business App Marketplace. If you have enjoyed using Megaventory (or even just signed up for a demo), we'd appreciate spending two minutes of your time to write a candid review - it'll make a world of our difference for our promotional efforts.

That's all for now - as always if you need anything just contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Megaventory comes out of BETA!

The past weeks and months we have been hard at work on many fronts, most of which meant minor or major improvements on things most people don't notice - at least not immediately.

So far, we've upgraded our hardware, performed multiple updates and maintenance, significantly improved our internal process to be more efficient (for example we know offer support via our Knowledge Base as well) and have of course launched the Megaventory Partner Program (more on that soon).


All of that paved the way and culminated in one of the most important milestones of Megaventory: we're now confident enough to remove the BETA tag from our logo!

It's been quite a trip of four years with regular upgrades and improvements, in constant contact with our customers in an effort to enhance the Megaventory experience as much as possible. But now - and only now - we can be sure that we offer a really useful, practically bug-free, robust and scalable solution.

The reason we waited so long - unlike what most competitors do - was that we wanted to be excellent in every aspect of our solution before removing the BETA. It's quite simple really: we value our customers' data and processes as our own and we need to be 120% confident that we can offer significant value in an uninterrupted way before branding our software as complete.

Of course, we'll keep issuing updates and improvements to Megaventory in order to make it an even more ideal solution for small and medium business inventory and order management, an ideal web-based ERP essentially.

The regular upgrades will continue, more integrations are already being developed and many other exciting things are coming up! Please be sure to follow our updates, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Inventory Management Report

We're constantly on the lookout for studies regarding our industry so we can better understand where things are headed - and include value from such insights into Megaventory. As such we were happy to receive notice from inventory management software research and reviews website SoftwareAdvice about the recent survey they published on Inventory Management based on 2013 data:

Inventory Management Report 2014 from Software Advice


There are lots of interesting facts in it but some of the key takeaways are:


  • 96% of people looking for an inventory management solution are doing so for the first time. That's an impressive number as it indicates that more and more people are moving from less efficient solutions (such as pen and paper or spreadsheets) to more advanced methods. The market is opening and we're only now starting to see the results of cloud technologies being put to use. These are exciting times indeed!
  • A staggering 73% of those looking for inventory management take the best-of-breed approach. In other words, instead of going for a solution which will cover all their business needs (email, storage, accounting, inventory, CRM, etc.) in one suite, they instead pick a different application or solution per function. We've already wrote a post about that and we're glad to see our view being confirmed by the market itself.
  • More than 90% of inventory management buyers are after basic inventory control, barcode and scanning and demand forecasting - all areas Megaventory excels at. This again confirms our choices in what to include in Megaventory and reaffirms our understanding of the market. It's no easy thing navigating the industry and knowing what features to support but it feels good to get it right.

So if you want to see for yourself how we do things, feel free to start a trial account!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Hardware upgrade completed!

Following our previous post on scheduled maintenance we're glad to announce that we've successfully migrated our infrastructure to more advanced hardware.



Hopefully, the necessary downtime had little effect on your operations - if noticed at all. That's behind us now though and as such, effective immediately, you should be able to enjoy a snappier experience when using Megaventory. Page load times should be noticeably shorter and clicks -which at times might have taken a second to create a result- will now cause virtually no delay.

For any issues regarding Megaventory's uptime you can visit our status page - which, apart from the uptime status, shows server response times usually below 200ms - a pretty impressive figure.