Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear
I understand R and D for the future. Has or is the business world asking for such a Enterprise type Operating System? One doesn't have to know how to make a financial statement to bring one up and display it. One doesn't have to make a pie chart or a graft to show it on a screen. Showing those things on a screen can be done with little effort and knowledge today. Some one in the company has to be able to create such things for others to see on a touch screen. I just can't see how the charts or grafts can be created by poking a bunch of squares on a computer. With 220 people working on this R and D who know what might come out of it.
Thanks for the information.
Haven't you ever done quite complex "What IF" analysis or in manufacturing / engineering design often quite complex algorithms need to be created when manufacturing a product -- for example if you can make a product that requires various percentages say X% of material A, Y% of material B and Z% of material C you have to work out supply chains, costs, longevity of the product etc before optimising the values of X, Y, and Z. (Usually called "Linear Analysis / Log Linear Analysis" to our less mathematically challenged folks on the Forum). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Log-linear_analysis
Try and derive graphs on a spread sheet manually using this forumula :
has an approximate chi-square distribution
when the sample size is large:
If you think that's complex - there are a load more complex functions in Financial areas too -- a lot of successful market traders use some horrendously complex statistics in what they call "Technical Analysis" and these people often need the results to be dynamically displayed in real times during market trading hours. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technical_analysis
A decent future "Touch" application could allow you as Brink said simply to circle around a few numbers and the optimal result could be shown graphically.
It can be done currently but it sometimes involves manually entering a load of numbers and complex formulae / macros in a spread sheet and usually also a fair bit of trial and error.
Back in the days of Office XP there was an addon built into EXCEL I think called solver.xls which had the rudiments of this --seems to have vanished from later releases of EXCEL or it might be called something different. EXCEL 97 (remember that far back) had also a whole load of complex financial functions in it (in the business version).
All this stuff would be hugely simplified via a simple touch type drag 'n drop mechanism.
Creating Blueprints, architectural design, civil engineering drawings, CAD etc would be brilliant for decent touch applications.
While the above are mainly from engineering (that's my background) I'm sure touch applications are also equally applicable for other areas too.
Also whether we like it or not Touch in Windows 7 is not very well handled which is why I think in spite of my earlier misgivings of the usefulness of W8 in the workplace it (or the next version of Windows) will appear on SOME (not all) computers in the workplace and certainly on touch enabled tablets as these begin to move away from "top management" down to "us lowly pions".