Virtual Briefing Center
The virtual briefing center offers comprehensive, in-depth technology briefings, product demonstrations and solution workshops on IBM Systems to their clients. It was designed as a client centric platform that serves the informational needs of the customer and helps IBM assist and influence their customers through the sales cycle. IBM’s goal was to utilize internet technologies to showcase their subject matter experts, product and solution briefings thereby extending the reach of the briefing center to serve new clients, deepen and strengthen their relationships with their clients and accelerate the sales cycle. OpenCrowd was responsible for the end-to-end deliverable from defining the concept, facilitating consensus around the requirements across a range of stakeholders, designing the user experience, the solution architecture and building and launching the product.
Risk Management Solutions Integrated Services
RMS needed a solution to help their clients to accelerate their onboarding process for their industry leading catastrophe risk modeling platform. Within highly compressed timeframes, OpenCrowd was able to conceptualize, design and build a solution that integrates with RMS’ sophisticated data transformation and manages complex file orchestration processes, while removing the inherent complexity away from the end-user.
Gallerist is an integrated web platform specifically designed to meet the needs of art world professionals. By empowering art fairs, galleries, institutions and arts organizations with better technological resources, Gallerist provides them a stronger and more convenient bridge to interact with global collectors. Implementing such features as high resolution scalable images, automated digital catalogues, online inventory and collection maintenance applications, purchase processing, Skype, private messaging and a secure, client-customizable viewing platform for images and video art, Gallerist aims to enhance the way people exhibit, experience, and exchange art around the world. OpenCrowd has been working with Gallerist since its inception to launching the product at various art fair around the world.
Poplicus provides industry-standard benchmarks, best practices research, and sophisticated tools for analyzing the public sector marketplace. They serve a cross section of industries with unparalleled views, insights, and advanced analytics that enable them to make more informed strategic decisions. OpenCrowd has been assisting Poplicus from the very early stages of product definition through building their software infrastructure including dashboards, search and data processing workflows. Poplicus is currently available as a private beta and will be launched in 2013.
HiTouch Health is a healthcare service startup that brings highly personalized preventive and proactive care to patients in partnership with their personal physician. Like traditional “concierge” medical practices, HiTouch Health customers experience more convenient access to their trusted physician, but in addition every member is assigned a personal Health Advocate who manages their care in close collaboration with the member’s personal physician. OpenCrowd assembled the entire platform by integrating off the shelf products like Avado, A PHR system, SalesForce-CRM and OpenCrowd’s framework. The platform enables patient enrollment, health record keeping, contact management, scheduling and integration with a call center for Health Advocates.
Having recently sent his daughter off to college, John Hupalo had experienced first-hand the complex process of planning, applying and paying for college. Leveraging his career in financing education, he identified a need to use technology to create better planning products and to find more consumer friendly financial products based on the premise that providing tangible incentives to students to become financially literate will allow them to make better choices and minimize the amount of debt they take. Appalled by the dearth of useful tools that could assist with the college planning process he approached OpenCrowd with the idea of launching a business, Invite Education, centered around improving this process through better planning tools and integrating them with a consumer friendly loan and other services. OpenCrowd helped Invite Education envision and map out the opportunity based on the initial high level ideas. We developed the competitive landscape and the storyboards that defined the features and functions that would appeal to the target audience. The outcome was to launch the business with the goal of building a trusted long-term relationship with parents and students that provided comprehensive tools for financial and career planning ranging from test preparation services, to college selection process tools savings plans, scholarships, students loans and job placement services. We built the roadmap with a definition of the minimum viable product for first launch and the initial informational site to launch the business.
Macro Economic Dashboard
The front office trading team at this premier investment-banking firm relies on real-time market events information (key economic indicators) combined with internal proprietary models and analytics to make swift investment decisions. They identified a need to create a cutting edge macroeconomics dashboard that supported sophisticated charting, statistical analysis, a highly interactive experience, and real-time data feeds. Utilizing our deep understanding of financial markets and RIA tools (auto filtering & screening, charting & annotation), we designed an innovative user-friendly interface that brought together all the related information required to make informed decisions into a single easy to use consolidated application. Using both open and commercial source technologies the application provided real-time event processing, a fully customizable front-end, and proprietary data integration which enabled the correlation of numerous, seemingly unrelated, data sets to uncover market opportunity.
Prime Brokerage Application
A premier international investment bank had a 10 year-old, high performance, cross asset class client trading application. More than 15 different asset classes can be traded on their high volume, low latency platform. Over the years as more asset classes have been built on the platform, the user design had become inconsistent. Maintenance had increased as different development groups had copied and modified once common components. The bank recognized the need to begin introducing new advanced features into the interface and begin standardizing on newer toolkits. We worked directly with traders to understand their needs and observe their trading flows within their complex, high paced work environment. We created a new vision for the trading user interface featuring a highly user customizable component framework and interface standards that applied across all asset classes. This led to a more consistent cross product experience and improved the opportunity to promote cross product trading. As a result, traders are able to customize their components and windows to better take advantage of the 6-8 monitors traders typically use. Finally we built the frameworks to support user customization and implemented the new features in one of their highest volume asset classes.
A top tier international investment bank needed to create a next generation collateral management platform that would improve its offering and services for customers, reduce their risk, and be more adaptable to changes in the collateral space. They recognized that a well-designed user experience would improve productivity, reduce errors, and be amenable to restructuring workflows over time. They approached OpenCrowd to design and build the application such that it would address the needs of users across multiple asset classes. Using our deep knowledge of RIA technologies, the new user interface allowed users to quickly access a variety of data sets to take action and resolve issues. The interface’s workflow model for this very large, complex application was designed to be highly flexible so that can be used with several different models as the work structure evolved. As a result of this application the traders can now access integrated data views across previously siloed data sets and functions and the firm’s design standards have been extended for front-office applications as well as for middle and back office applications.
PlumLife approached OpenCrowd with their product idea to build a unique set of organizational tools to aid in the many tasks/events one has to keep track of when managing an household. Through our vision and scope process we refined the features and functions that were needed for the initial release and beyond and defined the product roadmap. We created a prototype that demonstrated the key scenarios and was used as a means to raise investment capital to finance the build. PlumLife manages schedules, logistics and facilitates the communication across all members of the household. It has a powerful layered calendaring technology, and other purpose-built functionality to manage the unique idiosyncrasies of managing the household. The application was also designed to be an online software-as-a-service cloud based solution that would be used by multiple users. We also launched a mobile enabled version of the application that is compatible with all mobile devices.
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