Advanced User Assistance Systems

Alexander Maedche; Stefan Morana; Silvia Schacht; Dirk Werth; Julian Krumeich(2016)
In: Business & Information Systems Engineering, In: 58, 4/2016, S. 367–370, ISBN: 2363-7005, DOI: 10.1007/s12599-016-0444-2

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Information technology (IT) capabilities are increasing at an impressive pace, but users’ cognitive abilities are not developing at the same speed. Thus, there is a gap between users’ abilities and available IT. Handbooks or online help functions such as “F1 help” try to close this gap by providing explanatory information for the IT capabilities at hand. However, there is strong empirical evidence that traditional support structures are not as effective as intended (Sykes 2015); on the contrary, they distract users from their work (Barrett et al. 2004), which results in decreased efficiency and effectiveness as well as lower job satisfaction.