Mockup of IONs prodcut Reval Inside

Reinventing the ION Treasury and Risk Management User Experience

Working together with ION's team, we developed and introduced a new product: Reval Inside. We modernized the frontend development stack and shifted their system to a modern UX/UI language.
Working together with ION's team, we developed and introduced a new product: Reval Inside. We modernized the frontend development stack and shifted their system to a modern UX/UI language.
ION
Business Challenge
Reimagine Reval’s treasury and risk management analytics application. Create an unmatched user experience in the banking sector. The application for mobile devices must be both easy to use and responsive. It has to make an impression with clear use-cases, helping users to make better decisions.

Client

Reval is a leading global provider of cloud treasury software. Their SaaS solution helps more than 650 companies around the world to manage cash, liquidity, financial risk and hedge accounting.

Scope

Parkside was presented with a variety of objectives to fulfill, including the creation of the design and UX concept as well as the frontend development. In addition, we were tasked with helping Reval modernize their development stack, evaluating and implementing cutting edge technologies and training their technical staff. 

Our approach

To understand their software as well as the field of treasury and risk management itself, we took part in a series of workshops with the Reval team. After that, our design and development teams were gradually introduced to the project.

Success

Together with the client’s team we developed and introduced a new product: Reval Inside. We modernized the frontend development stack and shifted their system to a modern UX/UI language.

Reval device mockups

Achievements

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Development and introduction of a new product  

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Groundbreaking UX/UI for the banking sector

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Modernization of the entire frontend stack 

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Enhancement of the user experience

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Creation of a modern UX/UI language

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Creation of an iOS wrapper app for Reval Anywhere

The Parkside
approach in detail

“Take a look at our software. It’s like Excel.
How would you improve it?”

Reval wanted to create an analytics and reporting tool to allow C-levels to better manage their assets. Their clients must be able to understand the tool and really want to use it. Offering adaptive complexity levels for people like CEOs and Chief Analysts, depending on their specific needs, was essential. Above all, it needed to add real value. 

At the start, Reval asked us to provide a series of simple custom designs for their white label software solution. What we created was well-received, opening up a surprising assignment: they needed our outside perspective and we were given carte blanche to work on their software. We were relied upon to devise a revolutionary and innovative solution.

One of the most significant challenges for our UX team was to make something so complicated look simple.

Syrous Abtine
— Managing Partner & CCO

Visualizing the software’s capabilities, defining the customer with personas

Approaching the complexity of Reval Inside step by step, we started out by plotting the entirety of the software’s capabilities on an enormous online whiteboard together with the Reval team. That gave us an overview and some initial hints as to where to improve the software. At the same time, we applied personas as a methodology to get a feeling about the actual users of the software and their specific needs. The development of so-called personas – the representation of properties, goals and user behavior through a concrete but hypothetical group of users – was crucial to finding solutions to improve the user experience.

Reval Persona sheets

Wireframing, mood designs and the pursuit of reaching a next-level user experience

After going through iterative analytics sessions, we started wireframing the new Reval Inside software. Working in an ongoing iterative feedback and improvement mode eventually led us to the next stage: creating mood designs. At that point, Reval’s primary expectation was that we create something outstanding, beautiful and audacious for the financial sector.

Reval UX to final UI progress.

Defining the technology and training the client’s team

In the next phase, we ran workshops to evaluate relevant technological options and define the future development stack for Reval Inside and the responsible business unit. Angular, a modern JavaScript framework, turned out to be the most fitting option. In order to fast-track the engineering of Reval Inside, we took over the frontend development for the first iteration of the new software. Concurrently, we ran a series of Angular training sessions covering the new stack to gradually get the Reval team on board. We furthermore assisted the Reval team in key decisions concerning their API design.

Delivered work

Creating the concept, UX/UI, frontend development as well as API and JavaScript consulting

Features

Fully responsive platform / white label functionality / internationalization / SSO login / summary dashboard / cash visibility / forecasting & projections / reconciling / net positions / intercompany loans

Methodologies & tools

Persona generation / user flow charts / structure and process mapping / wireframing and mockups

Technology

Angular

In a nutshell

Making things look simple is the most significant challenge when it comes to providing an excellent user experience. Our team was assigned to do exactly that: overhaul the Reval Inside software. We developed an entirely novel approach for the treasury and risk management sector. By going through an intensive analytical phase and applying state-of-the-art methodologies in software architecture, Reval was able to realize the next generation of their cloud software. Reval Inside has scored great successes with customers owing to its look and feel as well as the added value it offers.

Andreas Jaritz
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— VP Client Solutions
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