Client Stories

Commodity Trading and Risk Management system

Adaptive was engaged by a world-class agri-business corporation, with operations spanning the globe, including both domestic and international trade. The client’s business spanned a number of functions, including trade capture and pricing in the front office, physical delivery, fee management, and back office. These global activities were managed in several distinct applications, each with extensive local customizations; this formed a serious barrier to calculating firmwide risk, or generating real-time P&L. Additionally, those legacy applications were inefficient, did not scale, and carried significant operational risk.

To address these challenges, Adaptive has been implementing a Commodity Management, encompassing CTRM (Commodity Trading and Risk Management) and Logistics functionality, system that delivers the following value for this client:

  • A unified platform supporting common business practices globally.
  • Increased visibility of firmwide risk, and real-time P&L
  • More transparent data for senior management of the profitability (or otherwise) of specific centres of activity.
  • Metrics that support the growth of the business by acquisition.
  • An efficient, scalable, platform, with much reduced operational risk.
  • Dramatic reduction in the likelihood and impact of regulatory issues.

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Sentinel, the e-trading platform for MiFID II compliance

Sentinel was a challenging and highly critical strategic project for us, and failure was not an option. Within a very tight timeframe, Adaptive specified and built a fully featured MiFID II compliant trading platform, using a modern technology stack. The project was delivered on time and in budget, and with Adaptive’s help it was fully integrated with our internal systems. Most importantly, on day one the system was live, across all desks, with no outages. I wouldn't hesitate to engage Adaptive again, and would highly recommend them for the most challenging large-scale build projects.


MiFID II brought both operational and technology challenges, and the cost of building new platforms to comply with the new legislation was high. To meet these challenges, a group of banks formed a consortium to fund the development of a new platform called Sentinel. The platform’s aims were to mutualize the cost of compliance, provide a consistent interpretation of the regulation, articulate a clear compliance plan to regulators, and create a future-proof and extensible technology with an open architecture.

Following an RFI, Adaptive was selected from a field of forty companies to manage the requirement gathering process, design and build the front-end, and develop the real-time components. The timescale was ambitious; just nine months to specify and build a modularized e-trading platform supporting more than a hundred asset classes, electronifying the trading of huge tranches of traditionally voice-traded instruments. The platform was built around a configurable data model, and incorporated a sales-trader workflow, regulatory rules engine, and a reporting engine integrated with Google analytics.

Sentinel was successfully delivered – on time, and on budget. The project turned a regulatory burden into a competitive advantage, and the powerful analytical tools continue to enable new market insights for both salespeople and traders.

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MiFID II Solution

Following the requirement for investment banks to comply with the MiFID II legislation, a Tier 1 investment bank engaged Adaptive to build out the UI for their MiFID II platform. The business required a system that would support their sales team in performing pre-trade checks to meet regulatory obligations. Adaptive were tasked with building a greenfield front-end implementation of the sales-trader workflow and a blotter to act in accordance with the new regulations.

The platform is now in production, and has provided the bank with numerous benefits:

  • The system handles thousands of trades for thousands of users
  • The system provides users a clear indication whether or not a trade is deemed compliant
  • It was built using the latest technology stack, taking full advantage of HTML5
  • It was developed using OpenFin to deliver a desktop experience that maximizes screen real estate

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US Treasuries trading platform

A tier 1 investment bank needed a page one rewrite of their US treasuries trading platform. The existing application had significant challenges; most notably, the architecture could not support complex trades, was not mobile-ready, and all computation was done client-side. The project needed to be delivered to production within an aggressive six months timeline, aiming to deliver:

  • Flexibility: the architecture had to support complex instrument packages, including user-definable multi-leg configurations
  • Integration: the platform needed to support several integration points, notably an OMS

  • Real time: the solution needed to show real time prices, globally, with a scalable architecture
  • Efficiency: the system must be fast, lightweight, and have a minimal footprint on the user’s desktop

Adaptive was selected by the client for our technical expertise, and our proven ability to deliver complex platforms within aggressive timelines.

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App-store Client Application

A tier one investment bank identified that their in-house client-facing app-store was slow, difficult to maintain, and had poor resilience. Adaptive was engaged to deliver a page-one rewrite of the platform.

The replacement system is now in production, used by thousand of clients, and offers significant competitive advantages:

  • Applications are released and managed as easily and securely as a web application, but with all the power and additional features of a desktop application
  • Installations and migrations are easy and fast and don’t require admin rights, saving end-users from having to rely on their local IT support - and different business units are launched faster through different mechanisms
  • The system is highly flexible, resilient, and offers a fully-featured auto-update mechanism
  • Desktop applications are as easily and securely released as a web application, but with all the power and additional features of a desktop application

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24/7 end-to-end energy trading platform

A leading European energy provider was directly engaging with their clients via voice-trading. They wanted to be the first gas and power provider in the country to enable their clients to view and trade on firm prices over the web.

Adaptive took care of all the aspects of the delivery, including business analysis, architecture and technical design, user experience, visual design, the user interface, back-end development, testing and integration.

The resulting e-trading platform gives their clients access to 24/7 liquidity, significantly reduces their cost to accessing the markets, and lowers operational costs and risks by automating post-trade processes. When the clients hit a price, the platform handles all the trade acceptance logic, including the integration with the central credit check systems and places a fill-or-kill order. Moreover, the platform is easily extensible, has a resilient back-end, is cloud-hosted and has a two-factor authentication with password change and reset workflows.

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Trading app for FX structured products

A tier one bank saw a business opportunity within FX structured products, and wanted to offer a new service on its e-commerce platform. The project was functionally complex, required multiple integration points, and had extremely aggressive timelines.

With a team of only four consultants, Adaptive delivered to production within just four months. The solution was fully integrated with the bank’s internal frameworks and vendor products, and its features included date calculation services, credit check systems, and pricing engines. The back-end systems were highly resilient, and a flexible and intuitive user interface enabled the bank to calibrate behaviour to the needs of a range of users.

A key factor for the successful delivery was that each consultant on this project had deep experience with similar functional and technical architectures. As a result, the bank benefited from clean modelling of the problem, and getting it right first time without the need for technical spikes. Adaptive directly supported the application and trained the bank’s global support team until the application was handed over to the bank.A tier 1 bank saw a business opportunity within FX structured products, and wanted to offer a new service on its e-commerce platform. Success hinged on delivering rapidly, before trading peaked at the start of the year. Added to this quick time-to-market delivery requirement, the project was functionally complex and needed multiple integration points with existing systems.

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Workflow-driven FX execution

Adaptive was engaged by a tier one investment bank, who were interested in linking together disparate parts of their e-commerce platform to deliver more customized trade propositions, based on a tailored view of their customer’s positions.

Within only four months, Adaptive fully integrated the existing systems, and developed a new workflow that proved to be a major revenue generator. The newly integrated platform became a core part of our client’s e-commerce offering, giving a strong return on their technology investment.

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