It’s hard to believe that our last major user interface update was Unimarket 4.0 back in June 2014! To keep things fresh and modern we have toiled away over the last few months on Unimarket 6.0 which brings with it a new clean look and makes the application more focused around specific modules. This release also adds a feature to account for weekends and holidays in the approvals process and we have moved the sharing setting down to the organization level.
We know that all user interface changes have the potential to bring with them a level of user-shock and a need to familiarize your users and update your help documentation.
To ease the transition we will leave Unimarket 6.0 in Demo for 6 weeks so you can review and share it with your users. We will also provide updated help documentation and we will be making updates and improvements over the 6 weeks based on feedback.
The Timeline for 6.0
Whats New in 6.0
A New Clean Look
There have been 46 major releases since our last UI update and that brings with it a multitude of new features and also a bit of unwanted clutter! Unimarket 6.0 introduces a new clean look with more breathing space due to the extra width and new menus and icons for options.
Menus Down the Side
The menus that were at the top have been moved down the left side of your screen and collapsed into a ‘hamburger’ menu top left. This frees valuable screen space and is also more mobile friendly.
We have divided the application into the different Unimarket modules including Marketplace (purchasing), Contracts, Invoicing, Sourcing, Expenses, Reporting and Administration. The idea is to create a framework for future releases that will allow us to focus the application to your user’s specific roles e.g. AP managers, Contract Managers, Buyers etc.
New Look Checkout
We have re-designed the checkout page to make it clearer to read and easier to use. Bill To has been moved to the left as this determines which organization you are buying for, the Organization panel has been shifted up so you can clearly the organization unit, and most importantly we have improved the account code fields so you can see both the field name and the value entered at the same time.
No Approval Escalation on Weekends and Holidays
We have added functionality to the approval process to stop approvals from escalating on weekends and holidays. This change includes the ability for you to specify a community holiday calendar.
Organization Sharing Settings
With more customers configuring communities with multiple organizations, we have added flexibility to sharing by moving the settings from the community down to the organization. This allows you to configure different organizations differently if needed.
We will continue to tweak 6.0 in Demo over the next 6 weeks so that we can ensure improvements and feedback are incorporated. We value your feedback so please let our support and account team know what you think and we will review and collate.