A financial research company was developing a new research and data product to provide Wall Street investment research. With ever-growing market complexity and competition, the investment companies needed a better depth and breadth of research to help make accurate decisions in a short time span.
The research professionals had deep experience and extensive industry contacts to launch the product, and had a clear vision of the user experience that they wanted to deliver. The real challenge was to find a partner to build software to help them realize their dream of an attractive website with an efficient workflow
Obviously, the list is not exhaustive. And these requirements were only the initial challenges that the company faced. In order to achieve all of these requirements, the company decided to look for custom software solution providers to build this highly complex and unique software.
Asahi Technologies was approached by the research firm after a long and mindful search for a knowledgeable and trustworthy software solutions provider. A key reason for the customer’s selection of Asahi was because of our ability to have a plain English discussion with customers who do not have a technical background and translate their wishes into functioning technology.
The technical team at Asahi Technologies sat down with the customer to discuss the entire requirements of the software. The C.T.O. broke down the task into a range of sub-tasks and categorized them according to their functionalities and technical requirements. The proposed process largely encompassed the following:
This list is not exhaustive either. After an agreed upon Statement of Purpose (SOP), Asahi Technologies proposed an enterprise solution using .Net platform with SQL Server as its backend.
To start with, the technical team at Asahi Technologies created a detailed software requirements specification (SRS) document for the proposed application. An initial design was created including the details of technology to be used for the application development, user accessibility flow charts, and database structure. The design covered even very discrete details of functionalities such as pop-up pages for sample research, user subscription and confirmation, and debugging routines.
Our client was in regular meetings with the technology team at Asahi Technologies, reviewing the functional specifications together at agreed-upon schedules. After several iterations, a final blueprint was developed by Asahi Technologies and approved by the client’s team.
Once the SRS was approved, the blueprint was handed off to the development team, which handled the application development seamlessly. The application essentially was developed on a .Net Framework using SQL Server 2008 as the back-end SQL Database. The code behind language used was C# and the GUI Layer was written in ASP .Net. The entire application was hosted on Microsoft’s IIS Server. The software engineers at Asahi Technologies developed the application with an eye towards ease of use and flexibility for future product expansions.
After the application was completely developed, it went through a complete UIT (User Interface Testing) process by Asahi’s Quality Control team, and UAT (User Acceptance Testing) was then done by the client team.
The application was launched successfully in 2005. Asahi Technologies still maintains the application and provides major enhancements and develops additional modules to suit the client’s requirements as its business evolves.