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Case Study: Cryptocurrency & Finance

Written by Zack Kushner | Mar 08, 2018

Blockchains, millions of real-time financial transactions per second, and cryptocurrency—these topics concern Amer Mufti, President at Wilderbase Corporation and Chief of Silicon Valley Blockchain Operations for Aimedis B.V. For communicating his vision for architecture design and coding in the finance and cryptocurrency spheres, he turns to Gliffy Online.

“Gliffy allows me to work with a virtual scratch pad. I don’t have to redraw anything, I just get my ideas down and then refine as necessary. From idea to actual concrete artifact, Gliffy allows me to communicate with engineers and executives throughout the entire process.”

The Challenge

Amer Mufti has been coding in C++, JavaScript, and other foundational languages for decades. UML Case and Class diagrams are second nature to him. But Amer also has a problem. He thinks visually and needs a way to get his ideas onto the page in a way that supports revisions and enables him to communicate his vision to both technical and non-technical audiences.

To solve this challenge in the past, he’s used diagramming tools such as Visio and then IBM’s Rational Rose XDE. But those tools became unavailable or unworkable for Amer; they required too much investment and time to be practical. He needed something he could get up and running without onerous downloads, installs, training, or invasive registration processes.

In his search for a nimble but powerful diagramming tool, Amer found Gliffy Online.  

The Solution

Amer started his free trial of Gliffy Online, setting aside the weekend to learn how it worked in an attempt to draw his first diagram. 

Amer explains that he normally finds graphics packages to have steep learning curves. They each have their own particular methodology and terminology issues and even an experienced coder needs space and time to figure out how to make them work in the desired way. 

In this case, Amer had an active project he wanted to sketch out. He launched Gliffy Online and it worked immediately—no installs, no instructions, no roadblocks. He found the symbols he wanted in the extensive Gliffy Shape Library, dragged a server icon onto his canvas, and watched it click into place. 

As he continued to sketch out his diagram, Gliffy continued to work intuitively and simply. Each element of Amer's diagram automatically snapped to grid, creating an instantly professional look without any need for delicate manipulation or navigation through complex settings modals.

“It was natural drawing better than I could have accomplished freehand—it really impressed me. Gliffy Online didn’t impose its own idea of what my diagram should be. I was free to create what I wanted and adjust it as my ideas evolved.”

Vision in Action

Amer Mufti uses Gliffy daily now.

“I do more architecture work than coding these days; that means I will go in with the intention of churning out code, but before I know it a product manager asks me to help out the team. Soon I’m guiding engineers toward a big picture goal and talking to managers who may not know modules from classes. I have to be able to show both groups the level of information they need in a form they can assimilate—while maintaining accuracy.”

Amer uses Gliffy Online to express and improve his vision for real-time finance and cryptocurrency applications. He draws schematics to present to technical and non-technical managers, using them to explain how his proposed applications should be structured and how they will work. He also creates class diagrams, entity relationship diagrams, and other expressions of his vision to help engineers clearly see what the requested code needs to accomplish. As his design changes, Amer uses Gliffy Online to update diagrams so everything remains on target and on track.

Using Gliffy Online gets Amer and his colleagues to launch faster, easier, and without hassle.