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2023 Aluminium Federation – ALFED Annual Business Dinner

Jonas Metals Software is pleased to be part of the Aluminium Federation – ALFED.

John Padbury (COO) and Scott Taylor (CRO)  represented Jonas Metals Software at the Annual Business Briefing and Dinner. Valuable insight into the Aluminium Industry was provided by this year’s outstanding speakers.

With over 250 members in attendance it was a great event and an excellent opportunity to connect with customers, industry leaders and establish new relationships. Many thanks to Mike Dines and his successor Mark Allen as ALFED President for 2024 and 2025.

We look forward to the next year’s annual event at the De Vere Beaumont Estate in Windsor – November 2024!

Designing User Interfaces for Color Vision Deficiency – CVD

Designing User Interfaces for Color Vision Deficiency – CVD

Intelligent design must take into account many aspects including the importance of:
Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) and its implications for user interface design.

 

CVD, commonly but incorrectly referred to as “color blindness”, refers to a condition where individuals have limited color sensation, specifically in distinguishing reds and greens. However, it’s crucial to note that over 99% of people with CVD are not completely color blind. They may experience reduced color discrimination, making it challenging to differentiate between certain colors and shades. Therefore, using the term “color blind” is inaccurate and can perpetuate misconceptions.

It’s a Male Problem

CVD affects a significant portion of the population, particularly males.  About 8% to 10% of the male population have CVD. Only an estimated 0.5% of the female population has CVD. In fact, there are approximately 300 million people with a form of CVD worldwide.

Let’s explore some key considerations when designing interfaces to address CVD and ensure inclusion for all users. To create user interfaces that address CVD.

Key strategies JMS uses when designing the latest User Interfaces.

 


#1. Utilizing colors and symbols: Instead of relying solely on color, incorporate additional visual cues such as 

symbols or icons to communicate information. For example, in a data visualization chart, use different patterns or shapes in addition to color coding to differentiate between data points. This approach ensures that users with CVD can still interpret and understand the information being presented.

#2. Avoiding certain color combinations:Be mindful of color combinations that might pose challenges for individuals with CVD. For instance, red and green are often difficult to distinguish for those with CVD. Therefore, avoid using these colors together or ensure there is sufficient contrast between them. Utilize color accessibility tools and guidelines to select color palettes that are inclusive and readable for all users.

#3. Getting the contrast right: Ensuring proper contrast is essential for users with CVD. Opt for high contrast between text and background colors to enhance readability. Use color contrast checkers to verify that your design meets accessibility standards, making it easier for individuals with CVD to perceive and understand content.

#4. Work on the primary button: While making the primary button stand out is a common design practice, it can be challenging for color blind users to perceive. Consider incorporating different visual cues such as size, shape, or text labels to distinguish primary buttons. This way, users with CVD can identify and interact with the primary actions without relying solely on color differentiation.

By implementing these strategies, we can create user interfaces that are accessible and inclusive for individuals with CVD. Remember, designing with accessibility in mind benefits not only those with CVD but also users with other visual impairments.

Understanding the nuances of CVD and avoiding misleading terminology is crucial. By utilizing a combination of colors, symbols, proper contrast, and alternative visual cues, we can create user interfaces that cater to the needs of individuals with CVD and provide a seamless experience for all users.

At Jonas Software we continue striving for inclusive design practices that empower everyone.

Welcome Scott Taylor Our New Chief Revenue Officer

 

 

 

 

JMS is thrilled to announce the appointment of Scott Taylor as our new Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). 

Scott started with Jonas Club in February 2005. He has handled many teams across the company, including Sales, Customer Care, Processional Services and International Operations.
Scott lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife Katherine and their 2 boys and newest addition… a baby girl.

Scott enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, chauffeuring the boys to soccer and hockey, along with coaching. Scott is also fond of cooking & trying to stay in shape.

Why JMS? we asked Scott – “I’m looking for a challenge and a group with lots of potential … and I see that here”.

Welcome to the team Scott !

John Padbury Named Chief Operating Officer of Jonas Metals Software.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

John Padbury Appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Jonas Metals Software

 

[Oxford, 09/01/2023] – Jonas Metals Software, a leading provider of software solutions for the metals industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Padbury as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). With over 30 years of experience in the metals industry, Padbury brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new role.

 

Padbury’s career in the metals industry began in the 1990s as a developer, where he quickly established himself as a specialist in the field. He then progressed into consultancy and project implementations, honing his skills and gaining valuable insights into the industry’s challenges and requirements. His dedication and commitment led him to leadership positions, including department manager and head of business at Metalogic UK.

 

In his new role as COO of Jonas Metals Software, Padbury will play a pivotal role in driving the company’s operational strategies and ensuring the delivery of high-quality software solutions to its clients. With his extensive experience, Padbury is well-equipped to lead the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of the metals industry.

 

Outside of his professional achievements, Padbury is a devoted family man, celebrating 30 years of marriage and raising two children who are also pursuing careers. In his leisure time, Padbury is an avid marathon runner, having completed several challenging races. He has a particular fondness for longer distance challenges, such as running the Hadrian’s Wall or the Pennine Way in the UK. However, his true joy comes from walking his dog, Monty, through the woods, regardless of the season.

 

“It is with great pride that we announce the appointment of John Padbury as our new Chief Operating Officer,” said Leigh Harrison, President at Jonas Metals Software. “His extensive experience in the metals industry and his proven track record of leadership make him the ideal candidate to drive our operational excellence and lead the delivery of innovative solutions. We look forward to working closely with John as we continue to provide cutting-edge technology to our valued clients.”

 

About Jonas Metals Software:

Jonas Metals Software is a leading provider of software solutions for the metals industry. Created from the combination of Metalogic, Compusource and PCI, with a strong focus on innovation and customer satisfaction, the company offers comprehensive software products. Designed exclusively for the Metals Industry to streamline operations, improve efficiency, and drive growth for businesses worldwide. For more information, please visit www.jonassoftware.com.

Jonas Software Acquires 4GL Solutions

Markham, Ontario, Canada, September 21, 2023 – Jonas Software (“Jonas”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the 4GL Solutions (“4GL”). 4GL is a leading provider of customized ERP metal center software, specifically designed for the metals industry.

“I’m thrilled to add 4GL to our extensive depth of knowledge within our Metals portfolio, expanding further our global footprint and reach” said Darrell Boxall, Group CEO. “Expansion through acquisition of this well renown business adds value from the acquired team and to our growing global metals division, this is an exciting time for us, we are delighted to welcome the 4GL team and customers to our Group”

“Over the past few decades 4GL Solutions has grown to be one of the leading providers of metal specific ERP solutions.  We are proud of our history, and we now look forward to next level customer service, business growth and employee development as part of the Jonas Software global metals division.” said George K Walton, President 4GL Solutions.

About 4GL: 

Founded in 1984, 4GL Solutions is a family-owned company and one of the leading sources for customized ERP software. The management team brings to the table more than 100 years of programming experience, specific to the metals industry.  With a completely integrated ERP solution designed exclusively for the metals industry, the software provides complete functionality in the areas of Inventory Management, Purchasing, Sales, Inside & Outside Processing, Barcoding, Shipping, Integrated Accounting, extensive Reporting, and much more. 4GL has a customer base installed throughout Canada, the United States and Internationally.

About Jonas Software:

Jonas Software operates over 140 independently managed software brands around the world, providing them with the strategic guidance and financial security required to be leaders in their respective markets. From its roots formed in the construction and club management markets, Jonas Software’s reach has grown extensively within the fitness, membership, hospitality, and industrial verticals. Today, Jonas Software is proud to supply industry-leading enterprise management software and related services to more than 80,000 customers in over 40+ vertical markets.

Edinburgh Marathon

John Padbury our Marathon Man in the Long Run Against Cancer.

John has run no less than 15 marathons including the famous Three marathons in Three days in Three countries – Wales, Box Hill UK and  Dublin Ireland.  John achieved his personal best at the 2010 London Marathon target with a time of 2 hours 58 min.

 

Having lost co-workers including Steve Lockwood and more recently Steve Powderly to the devastating effects of cancer. The motivation to help is always with us. “This year I was inspired by the work of our colleague Mark Beard who did an epic walk to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK”. So I wanted to build on this accomplishment and raise some money for charity. 

 

“Marathons are tough – they are just on the edge of what your body can do” and having overcome  a few operations he wanted to do another marathon.

Edinburgh Marathon was attractive as it starts at the city center and runs through all of the very scenic areas and you descend upon the estuary and run along the seafront which is fairly flat as you run to Portobello then you double back along the coast and finish along the seafront. 

Joined by his group of running friends and at the last minute by his daughter Bethan. Who was interested in running her first ½ marathon which was fantastic according to John.  So on May 28, 2023 – They ran the Edinburgh Marathon and were able to raise over 700 pounds for Prostate Cancer UK. “We are proud of our collective contributions that Jonas Metals Software has made as a group”.

John is no stranger when it comes to charity fundraising. Having raised money for Cancer UK with the Hadrian’s Wall Coast to Coast 87 mile run. In 2017 One of his most exciting events was the Charity Walk along the Pennine Way, the 268 mile journey down the spine of England which was a grueling multi-day event running over 35 miles every day and was able to raise over 2500 pounds for charity. John noted that many of these events could not be possible without the support of friends and meeting me at random places in the middle of nowhere.

 

As Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Jonas Metals Software, John has continuous service of over 30 years with Metalogic since its inception including its predecessor Beacon Software. The history of which is a colorful story for another time.

Over the last few years we have been raising money. As part of the Jonas Software at our annual JABA event each business would select and nominate a charity we would sponsor for the year. Important groups like CALM (Campaign for living miserably). Which runs a free, confidential helpline offering help to anyone who is struggling or in crisis. This year each of the business units selects their own charity to sponsor and raise money for.

John took a moment and thoughtfully commented: 

”I have been really pleased by our initiative that was started with our Jonas – JABA event and a part of that was to look at and focus on charitable work. Which has now developed and grown even further to include sustainability. This focus on the ethics of our business and what we do as a group is something that I am very pleased about and is a very positive part of the changes that are taking place at Jonas Software”.

Thank you John for your commitment to Jonas Metals Software – which goes far beyond normal working hours. Please Note: For your donations, the giving page will remain open if anyone would like to contribute. 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-padbury007

1st Place Team – Jonas Metals – Nigel Johnson team

North Eastern Association of Steel Stockholders Golf Day 2023

Jonas Metals entered a team into the Annual NEASS Golf Day at the Forest Pines on Friday, 8 September 2023.

The team consisted from left to right, Mark Bradford (Steel Stock), Paul Stead (Bright Steels), Neil Preston(Stainless Band) and Nigel Johnson (Jonas Metals)

Jonas Metals entered a team into the Annual NEASS Golf Day at the Forest Pines on Friday, 8 September 2023.

The team consisted from left to right, Mark Bradford (Steel Stock), Paul Stead (Bright Steels), Neil Preston(Stainless Band) and Nigel Johnson (Jonas Metals)

Mark also managed to win nearest the pin on the par 3, sixth hole, along with 3rd place individually with 37 points. The team are looking forward to defending their title in next years event. Forest Pines is a tough golf course and after nearly five hours we managed to win the team competition.

Congratulations to our wining players

Team 1 st Place Jonas Metals – Nigel Johnson team

That’s a Wrap! UK Metals Expo

Another great event at the UK Metals Expo!

The entire metals supply chain was well represented including metal manufacturers, distributors, processors, fabricators and industry experts, leading vendors and of course Jonas Metals Software.  Attendees from across the globe brought together under one roof. 

We were happy to see the steady stream of customers, prospects and the tech curious.

iMetal Mobile Apps and Phocus Business Intelligence were big hits.

Nothing beats meeting face-to-face, seeing solutions first-hand and & making new connections. We are already booked for an even bigger UK Metals Expo –  September 2024.

 

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