Paris Mayor Delanoë visits Lokad

Published on by Joannes Vermorel.

Last Wednesday has been a very busy day. In particular, Bertrand Delanoë, current mayor of Paris (most probable candidate to become President of France for the next elections) has been visiting Lokad.

Thanks to the talent of Michel Vaniglia, founder at 7 Highlights Street (video on demand for classical movies), we have a a video of this event.

Bertrand DELANOË visits Lokad and a few other companies, at the startup incubator of TELECOM ParisTech.

Joannes Vermorel, founder at Lokad, who appears in the first minute of the video, is interviewed by Bertrand Delanoë about the benefits that could be brought by Lokad to the city of Paris. Optimizing staff levels of the various administrative services to better address the needs of the inhabitants of Paris is discussed.

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Safety Stock Calculator v1.0 released

Published on by Joannes Vermorel.

lssc-v1-icon-131x114.png Lokad Safety Stock Calculator v1.0 has been released. Beside having a new product icon (compared to the beta), this release supports many 3rd party applications, including JFire, Sage, Magento, X-Cart, PrestaShop, ViArt, WebERP that were previously unsupported. If your favorite application is still missing from the list, just contact us.

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When 3 buttons are just way too much!

Published on by Joannes Vermorel.

The first beta of Lokad Safety Stock Calculator has 3 buttons, namely Retrieve, Upload and Download as you can see in the screenshot below.


In order to do a complete refresh of the report, the user has to go through 4 successive operations:

  • Click Retrieve.
  • Click Upload.
  • Wait! Don't forget, it's an important step.
  • Click Download.

Somehow this design is really cumbersome, because those 4 operations are just mundane tasks aiming for a unique purpose: getting the latest version of the report.

Thus, we have decided to upgrade the application, by actually removing two buttons. Here is the latest screenshot of the application.


With this design, the user just has to click once on Refresh and LSSC will perform the 4 operations mentioned here above on its own (with a wait time set to 1h, which should be fine for most users).

Then, since all the user wants is an up-to-date report, the question becomes:
Can't we get rid of this last button? Well, sort of.

It seems difficult to actually get rid of this Refresh button, yet, what we can do is to schedule background refresh operations. Instead of getting rid of the Refresh button, we would get rid of the need to actually click it once an auto-refresh schedule has been setup.

Auto-refresh is part of our mid-term plans, stay tuned.

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