The relationship between Moneysupermarket.com group and Cake Solutions(Cake) began in 2014, when Paul Dickinson, Head of Group Platform and Innovation engaged Cake to address the complex task of helping the Group to evolve its core data “price comparison” capabilities to become more agile and ‘reactive’. The driver? To set the company up well for the future demands of competing in the fiercely competitive and fast-paced price comparison market.
Dickinson asked Cake for a ‘proof of concept’ solution focused specifically on TravelSuperMarket, the Group’s travel industry price comparison site, which supports price comparisons across more than 650 airlines and 200,000 hotels in seconds. Cake Solutions focused on ‘replatforming’ the data aggregation systems of Travelsupermarket, to make them more responsive, scalable, easier to integrate and perfectly suited for the world of cloud computing. Cake made use of Typesafe (now Lightbend) technologies like Akka and Play and ‘squads’ of its own highly skilled engineers to deliver the proof of concept in six weeks
There followed a minimum viable product within three months. Moneysupermarket Group was so delighted with the results and Cake Solutions’ approach that it took the decision to rollout the new aggregation platform and approach to its other businesses, including financial products and services comparison site Moneysupermarket.com.
Peter Clucas is Head of Delivery at Moneysupermarket.com. He explains why Cake Solutions was the perfect fit for the business, “We wanted somebody who would be a good cultural fit and who could work in an entrepreneurial way, reflecting our own desire to do something that was exceptional. We didn’t want to be in weekly meetings with them, we wanted them to come to us with ideas of what would be good not only for our business but also for our customers and our providers".
Clucas also valued Cake’s pragmatic yet expert approach to find solutions to the challenges faced by Moneysupermarket.com, “They are a nice blend of experience and compromise. They bring to the table their own ways of working, they’re good listeners and you don’t feel that they’re looking at their own bottom line - they’re quite happy to invest in the relationship and to make it work for us as well as for them.”
“As with all large complex projects, we’ve had issues and problems but the Cake guys have always been calm and considered, they provided us with solutions. We work through things with them, getting stuff done as a team. It’s that kind of relationship”, Today, the Cake Solutions product underpins the vast majority of the data aggregation activity happening within the Group.
“As with all large complex projects, we’ve had issues and problems but the Cake guys have always been calm and considered, they provided us with solutions. We work through things with them, getting stuff done as a team. It’s that kind of relationship".
Head of Delivery, MoneySuperMarket.com