January 27, 2014
Box UK is delighted to announce that the website redesign project it helped deliver for international investment manager Investec Asset Management (IAM) has been shortlisted in the FStech Awards’ “Best Use of IT in Wholesale & Investment Banking” category, alongside internationally-recognised names including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and GE Capital UK. In particular the awards, which celebrate excellence and innovation within the UK and EMEA financial services sector, recognised IAM’s strategic use of IT to facilitate business success by improving internal processes and enhancing external services.
Being selected for the shortlist is also a reflection of Investec Asset Management’s commitment to providing their users with an ‘out of the ordinary’ experience differentiated from that of their competitors. Ensuring the new website effectively supported this vision, the project began with a period of in-depth research performed by Box UK’s business analysts. This then guided the technical direction of the project, including the decision to build upon an open-source software stack using a lightweight and flexible framework created from the ground up by Box UK, which delivered significant performance improvements and enabled the integration of the complex functionality needed to power the dynamic fund, investment and information areas of the site.
In conjunction with updates to IAM’s underlying technology, Box UK’s User Experience (UX) consultants conducted requirements gathering for the project to build up a detailed picture of IAM’s various user groups; information that informed revamped user interface and interaction designs, along with a new site structure, which encourage discoverability while presenting users with content appropriate to their role and location. Combined with input from branding agency The Partners, this work has ensured that the new site delivers an engaging, intuitive and compliant experience that maintains and extends IAM’s premium brand image.
Following the announcement from FStech Benno Wasserstein, Managing Director at Box UK, commented: “It’s fantastic to see the Investec Asset Management site recognised by one of the financial sector’s leading awards bodies; our team has helped create a high-impact website that supports truly valuable interactions, and its inclusion on this impressive shortlist is validation of all the hard work that has gone into the project. We’re incredibly proud of our long-standing relationship with IAM, and are looking forward to further enhancing the online experience for their users through a continuing programme of work.”
The winners of the 2014 FStech Awards will be revealed at a gala dinner at the London Lancaster Hotel on 27th March; an event that was last year attended by over 400 leaders from across the financial sector. In the meantime, you can find out more about Investec Asset Management’s redesigned website by reading our project case study.
Now in their 14th year, the FStech Awards is an international event recognising financial services institutions and technology suppliers who are leading the way in such areas as social media, customer service, compliance, mobile, online, systems integration, outsourcing and data governance.
Investec Asset Management is a specialist provider of active investment products and services. Established in South Africa in 1991, the firm has been built from a small start-up into an international business. Their clients include some of the world’s largest private and public sector pension funds and range from foundations and central banks to intermediated and direct investors.
Box UK is a team of thought leaders, consultants and application developers engaged in the rapid and precise design and delivery of high-performance software products and services for progressive enterprises worldwide. Established in 1998, Box UK’s client list includes BBC, LAN Airlines, Investec Asset Management, the National Gallery, Chartered Institute for IT, and EDF Energy.