“Next:Newton” is what we’ve code-named the upcoming version of the Newton applicant tracking system.
In less than 6 weeks, we’ll release a completely new version of Newton. In this release our design and development teams have pushed technology as far as the web can take it. Very soon we’ll be releasing a fully “responsive” version of Newton. This will make Newton the only ATS (and probably the first mission-critical business application) that’s truly designed using new responsive web design techniques. This is the new new techie stuff.
What is “Responsive Web Design”?
A major challenge for developers of modern hiring software (and business apps in general) is to create applications that perform on multiple devices, monitors and browsers. One solution is to create a different product for every device. This is commonly referred to as an “App Strategy”: an iPad, iPhone and Android App, plus a desktop version. Another other solution is to design a single, universal product that is capable of adapting to any screen size, perhaps even screen sizes that don’t exist yet. The latter is “responsive”: one product that responds to the environment you are using it in. So, when you log in to Next:Newton on an iPhone or tablet it adapts to the smaller screen. On a laptop display or a giant monitor, Next:Newton expands and uses all of those extra pixels.
The real problem that Next:Newton (Newton v.9.0) solves by becoming “responsive” is dealing with different screen size variations automatically. Think about it. Hiring managers, recruiters, HR people and executives all want to use different means to access recruiting data these days. There are portrait and landscape orientations, 4 and 7 inch phone screens, 7 and 10-inch tablet screens, 11 to 27-inch monitors screens, and 40+ inch flat panel displays in conference rooms. The 10-inch screen of a finger-controlled tablet needs buttons at least 1/2 inch or so to be operated effectively, while a mouse or touchpad-controlled 13-inch laptop user can get by with much smaller buttons to click.
For an applicant tracking system, a mission-critical business app, one layout of data and controls does not work anymore given the variety of screen variations that people want to use. Scrolling, zooming, pinching and squinting are not viable options for users anymore. When an ATS vendor says their platform can be accessed on a mobile device, they mean that their product can be viewed on a mobile device, but it doesn’t mean that it works well without being frustrating and slow. Next:Newton’s new responsive design will understand what screen size is being used to access the product. It will automatically provide context and will appropriately juxtapose the right data being displayed, with the right controls, on any device, browser or platform, all the time – fast!
If this was easy, everyone would be doing it.
Implementing a responsive version of Newton has not been easy. In fact, we have spent more time on this redesign than on any release in Newton’s short history. However, we know responsive is where every vendor must to go in order to be competitive. NextNewton provides our company and our customers with a huge long-term advantage.
Next:Newton will set the bar in the HR technology industry. It will be nearly impossible for vendors with large code bases to re-architect their product to match Newton’s speed and responsiveness. The usability and user satisfaction benefits will be immeasurable. Usability is always #1 at Newton and it’s the #1 reason that employers choose and love our product. We’ve always said that it’s not about just adding features, it’s about empowering people to do what they need to do as easily and as quickly as possible all the time. Needless to say, we’re really excited. We hope you are too.
Please check back often over the next two months for update, screenshots, videos and release announcements.