LAS VEGAS: HP has revealed Grommet, an open source user experience framework that brings consumer-grade interface development to enterprise apps.
Martin Fink, HP's chief technology officer, revealed Grommet in a keynote speech at HP's Discover conference in Las Vegas, explaining the framework will be available to everyone looking to create consistent user experiences in enterprise apps.
"It is HP's contribution to the IT industry to bring consumer-grade capabilities with an enterprise user experience framework so that all of you can take advantage of it," he said.
Fink explained that Grommet is effectively a collection of technology, assets and a style guide to ensure that apps are created with consumer-type interfaces that people are familiar with, and inject degree of uniformity into app user experiences even if they are built by different teams.
"As you're running apps for your enterprise, you probably have scenarios where you have internal developers that you use," he said.
"And then there are other projects where you might go to a third party like HP Services to write apps for you, or you might use a software development house of some sort.
"What invariably will happen is that all of those [apps] will come back and they will all look different, they will all work differently, they won't have that consistent user experience across the board.
"Now you have the ability to take one framework, all open source, and get your internal teams, third-party teams, et cetera, to base their user experience development on that framework, knowing that everything that comes back into your enterprise will all look, feel and operate the same way."
Grommet is built on the source technology used in the creation of HP applications such as OneView, and can be skinned and customised to suit an enterprise's needs and brand.
Offering Grommet as an open source technology allows HP customers to build on it and improve it to their advantage and the benefit of other open source users.
Fink explained that Grommet grew out of HP's frustrations about complaints from customers that its products did not work together in a consistent way.
HP created a framework to ensure a uniform user experience across its own apps, and is pushing the framework out to the IT industry and open source technology users.
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