How to Tell if You're Looking at a User-Friendly Scheduling System
What is the purpose of computer software? To make things easier and more efficient... right?
It's upsetting how many systems have fallen behind on user friendliness; an essential part of effective computer software.
BUT, the easier it is for the user, the more work it is for the programmer.
So, if the programmer isn't up for more work, the system wont be very easy to use for the average user.
If you can check these things off your list, you have an officer scheduling system that is easy to use...
- Configurable Settings
- Responsive Interface
- Proper Updates
- Appropriate Features
- Clear Navigation
Are you able to customize and configure the system to adjust to your department?
You want a system that will be configurable so that you can tailor it to your department needs. It may have generic settings that have been proven to work best for most departments but then allows for you to adjust different things specific to your department. For example, payroll settings:
Does it work fast and give feedback?
So, when you click on a button or complete submitting a form, it should confirm the action you just completed. It should also use things such as progress bars, loading screens, and clear button labels.
3. Installation & Updates
Is it a simple process to install and update?
Installing and updating an application used to take a good 30 minutes or so. Now, most installs and updates take less than 5-10 minutes. This is important so that if you need to do something in the system, but it needs an update, you won’t have to put your day on hold.
4. Specific Features
Does it provide features for specific processes needed?
You’re in law enforcement. The system should reflect that. It should include familiar language and functions that you understand such as overtime, court appearances, and vehicle checklists.
5. Clarity & Navigation
Is it visually pleasing and does it make sense?
These are actually the most important elements. If no one can understand how the application works, it won't. It needs to include visually pleasing screens and should be designed to make sense. The system was not designed properly if there is too much clutter or menus are hidden instead of on a dashboard or drop down.
Some of these things might seem obvious, but user-friendliness may not always be top of mind when searching for police officer scheduling systems. There are so many aspects
But you don't want to get caught spending thousands of dollars for something that takes the same or more time than your old processes. This will be a key component in making sure your new scheduling software is efficient.
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PlanIt Police is an online scheduling system for police departments. PlanIt is developed by Ragnasoft, Inc which has specialized in public safety scheduling solutions for over 10 years.
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