Cooking up some tasty Apple iPad GUIs

At the weekend I cooked up a brace of local partridge with caramelised apple.

Today I’m serving up a brace of tasty designs for the Apple iPad from the Caplin UX team – Yum! Enjoy.

Portfolio manager for brokers to manage portfolios and present options to clients.

Retail dashboard for monitoring/managing a personal portfolio

eTrading is transformational (doesn’t matter which segment)

eTrading is transformational, and it’s insightful to see how key metrics can radically change once a firm embraces electronic trading and starts to migrate from a high touch (voice/branch) model to a low touch electronic trading paradigm. Today’s report on Paddy Power in the  Daily Telegraph is an interesting case in point.

They may not be at the sophisticated (or glamorous) end of the spectrum, nevertheless Paddy Power – the bookie, has embraced online mobile trading (betting) in a big way, and the metrics are really impressive.

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A website is not enough! RBS choose PlayBook tablet and a native application

It was interesting to read that RBS are to offer institutional clients a PlayBook tablet app

Obviously the choice of the as yet unreleased Blackberry PlayBook is mildly controversial, with most of the world talking about iPads or Android based tablets. The PlayBook has the advantage that it is made by Blackberry, who still dominate the corporate phone market, but whether that makes the PlayBook the right horse to back is open to debate.

However, what I found more interesting was the quote at the end of the article.

“Successful banks in this space will deliver content optimised for client use on their preferred devices. Mobile access to a Website will not be enough.”

There is a lot of debate in the tech world about native vs web for mobile devices. There are benefits to both of course, but the last sentence (Mobile access to a Website will not be enough) is possibly confusing. However good mobile browsers are at viewing websites, if it is content that is intended to be regularly viewed on a mobile device a more targeted approach can provide a much improved user experience.

This does not mean that a ‘website’ that is designed for mobile devices cannot be as good as, or even better, than a device specific native application. This would normally be called a ‘web app’ rather than a ‘website’, which is where the ambiguity in the quote lies. The difference may be subtle in some cases, but it is important that a mobile application, native or web app, is made with the type of device, screen size and input method in mind.

HTML5 on iPad: conspiracy or cock-up?

The Register published a rather breathless report today on an alleged sneaky trick by Apple.

Apparently, with Apple’s latest release of its mobile operating system (iOS 4.3), HTML5 apps running on an iPad or iPhone run slower when “installed” on the home screen than they do in the browser.

After you open a Web page on an iPad or iPhone, Apple allows you to save a shortcut to your home screen. If the page is a Web app, the result is something virtually indistinguishable from a native app, except it’s written in HTML5, and you don’t get it through the App Store but direct from the publisher over the Web. HTML5 apps run really well on the iPad — at Caplin, we’ve already written some proof-of-concept trading apps in this way, and the functionality and performance are surprisingly good. Continue reading

Single Dealer Platforms: Native or Browser-based Mobile Apps?

Mobile services is one of the hottest places in the single dealer platform arena right now as tier 1 investment banks chase the retail banks and online brokerages by providing corporate and institutional mobile offerings.

JP Morgan kicked off the race early last year, launching an iPhone version of MorganDirect – an institutional foreign exchange and rate trading platform – and other banks have since released a wealth of research, analytics and portfolio management apps for both internal staff and external clients.

While sell-side traders might not be swapping Bloomberg terminals for a handheld devices any time soon, it seems inevitable that banks will invest in mobile technology to cater for buy-side ‘anytime & anywhere’ demand, to increase flow and offer value-add.

And as business pursues mobile pre-trade, execution and post-trade services, e-commerce managers face some rather tough questions:

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Smartphone wars: Google wins, Apple makes a mint

Android is now the world’s most popular SmartPhone OS. It has recently overtaken Symbian, and left Apple and RIM far behind.

But guess who’s making all the money?

Despite having less than 5% of the mobile phone market, Apple makes as much profit from phone sales as the whole of the rest of the industry put together.

eCommerce Research survey – breakfast launch

Earlier today in the elegant surroundings of Rhodes 24 on the 24th floor of Tower42, Caplin and Lepus presented the findings of a survey into eCommerce in the Capital Markets.

The survey was sponsored by Caplin and conducted by Lepus at the end of last year. 30 major US, European and Asian banks took part, and typically the respondents were heads of IT or heads of eCommerce. The survey was supplemented by some in-depth one-on-one interviews.

The survey investigated the implementation of single-dealer platforms (SDPs), the reasons behind that, and whether trading volume really is moving to SDPs from multi-dealer platforms. If you’d like your own copy contact us via the Caplin website.

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