N-Tier Americas


Advanced Securities Processing Software
featuring SQL-Object-Chain™ Technology


Business Analysis Methodology
SQL Object Chain - Example Logic

Business Analysis - RD Tracker




Business Analysis at N-Tier Americas makes uses professionals who are dual qualified, both in Finance/  Economics and Technology.. A typical analyst majors in Accountancy and Certified Database Design. This is a key USP of N-Tier Americas.


The unique blend of skills enables N-Tier to understand the complex world of Securities Processing including Domestic & International Settlement, Corporate Actions, Custody, Accounting and ISO 15022 Messaging.

In addition the N-Tier Business Analyst is uniquely qualified to design the smartest code such as SQL-Object-Chain™ that converts the analysis into workflows and processing that dove-tail to the firm's various Lines of Business. [See diagram across.]


17 years of system design and analysis show that organizations process differently due to their legal structure and reporting requirements. One size does not fit all.


Re-Use New Variants


N-Tier Americas re-uses a lot of the core system objects when designing, developing and implementing customized versions of our modules for different market participants. The software modules are tried and proven after 17 years deployment at different Client sites.


Core competency in systems and analysis enable the N-Tier Business Analyst to create new variants on-time and within budget. The methodology used for the N-Tier Development and Implementation Paradigm is described below.


[Alternatively, N-Tier Americas offers coding and design services whereby we form part of, but under the control of the firm's Technology Department. For volume related projects where there is a lot of coding to be accomplished quickly we utilize the resources of our development partner in Delhi India, KOENIG Solutions.]


N-Tier Americas Development Paradigm.


Project Delivery in the Financial Services sector is very different to other sectors due to the constant changing environment that blows through the industry today


N-Tier Americas recognizes this change in the way we approach project development.


We opt for a Rapid Prototype deployment ((RD Tracker) based on superior domain knowledge where users can see the output of their specifications within one to two weeks of each sub-phase.


The combination of the sub-phases with 'Code Re-Use' roles out into one full module in approx one month elapsed time.


Interview by Checklist


Specifications are captured through rapid interview 'check listing', often at the desk or area of the Operations role under review.

UML OO design principles are invoked to craft a 1st pass, but concise, documentation of the information needs.


These needs are then funneled into a prototype system using code tables to reconfigure process flows, data flows and API interfaces common in the industry but unique to the firm at the time of automation.


Releasing Version 0.1 in 4 Elapsed Weeks


Using the RD Tracker methodology N-Tier Americas typically produces a version 0.1 system for testing purposes within 4 weeks from date of initial engagement.


Version 0.1 Beta versions are then tested by the client while our consultants move on to the next phase in parallel.

Changes arising out of testing are re-incorporated into RD Tracker, prototyped and introduced into prototype version 0.2.


Benefits


The benefits of the RD Tracker Project Management approach are:

  • Reduced cost of deployment compared to other vendor approaches by 40 - 47%
  • Much lower impact on the time demands of operational staff at the firm
  • Delivery of a 'no-surprise' Version 1.0 of the new system


When all requirements are captured, the final prototype is released and made available for test,  typically within 3 months for a medium scale project and 5 - 6 months for a large scale effort.