Following a short round of discussions with Brown, Mercury rapidly advanced to the UI prototyping phase, creating two beta versions of the app to demonstrate the overall concepts. The prototypes provided the look and feel of the apps and clarified the vision of the hedge fund app to HSBC decision-makers. The final UI was selected and Mercury proceeded with development. A key step in the prototyping phase was a simulation of the HSBC environment.
To meet that demand, Mercury created a test server with obfuscated test data. This task was achieved in a challenging timeframe and with minimal input from the customer. After three months of development, Mercury created the final version of iFund, a fully enabled iOS app that pulled hedge fund data and displayed it cleanly and intuitively to the user.
Notable features of the app include customizable line and pie chart controls using Mercury's Visual Framework, secure data transmission and optimization, and efficient data retrieval. Toward the end of the project's lifecycle, Mercury successfully integrated iFund with HSBC servers.
Mercury also realized cost efficiencies for HSBC because of the app's exceptional architecture and streamlined communication protocol.