Ethex wanted to create a not-for-profit marketplace for shares in truly ethical companies, as well as provide a direct-to-consumer outlet for ethical financial products. This required the creation of a website and a secure online platform to allow the trading of a wide range of financial products. The design challenge was complex. The Ethex site had to explain the concept of ethical investments and enable users to explore and understand the relatively complex subject matter. Understandably, security was also a particular focus for Ethex – the website had to be secure and robust, in order to offer a safe platform for financial transactions.
White October’s agile and lean approach to software development was vital to Ethex. Time and budget were conserved for valuable development iterations and provided flexibility to embrace changes over the course of the project. Another feature of agile development is that the software includes a suite of automated tests covering every feature. This ensures that the system functions correctly and can be safely extended for years.
We looked carefully for a supplier who could meet our quite challenging needs: robust security, agile development, a strong focus on user experience and a team we could work with.