OPERATED BY BOERSE STUTTGART, THE OFF-EXCHANGE MARKETPLACE CATS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST BI-LATERAL TRADING PLATFORMS IN THE WORLD. FACILITATING MARKET MAKERS, BROKERS AND ASSET MANAGERS WITH THE TRADING AND EXECUTION OF RETAIL STRUCTURED PRODUCTS, CASH EQUITIES, BONDS, AND ETF.
The CATS Trade tool provides a single web interface for access by all CATS users. CATS Trade offers three distinctive functions to users: trading, enquiry and settlement, and finally managing user entitlement and administration. As CATS wanted to offer their customers an enhanced experience, a new front-end to the CATS Trade platform needed to be developed and hosted.
VI Company started in an advisory role on the new techniques to improve security and manage web infrastructure for hosting and operating a front-end trading solution and implemented the advised solution.
With a full team consisting of a UX designer, front- and backend developer we worked closely together with the CATS IT team during the development phase. We started by identifying all functionalities and their interdependencies based on the current version of CATS Trade. Then, following an Agile approach we created user stories with acceptance criteria which, after determining priorities, resulted in a roadmap. In several iterations we focused on the key components, RfQ trading, Limit trading and search functionalities. In addition to the enhancement of existing features we added a complete user account management tool.
VI Company developed a secure and reusable security model combined with a rich user experience that seamlessly integrates with the CATS backend. Special attention was paid to the user experience for the extensive search functionalities. This has resulted in very fast search queries to screen.
The front-end solution is hosted on our proprietary geo-redundant hosting solution.