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Posted: 6/7/2013
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Shaping Cloud IT Company Helps Financial Firm Make Effective Use of Mobile Working

Business Needs

Cottons Financial Planning is a rapidly growing firm of independent financial advisers (IFAs) based in north-west England, providing financial planning services to both individuals and companies. The company needed a scalable IT infrastructure that would help its IFAs:

Boost productivity

Increase collaboration

Work remotely


Cottons Financial Planning approached Microsoft Partner Shaping Cloud, which recommended Microsoft Office 365 as the ideal solution to the financial firm’s challenges.

The deployment involved:

Migrating all email, calendars, and contacts from the existing Post Office Protocol (POP) to Microsoft Exchange Online

Creating a SharePoint Online team site that would allow IFAs to upload, modify, and share documents across the organisation


With all emails, calendars, contacts, and documents stored in the cloud, IFAs can now concentrate on what’s most important to them—their clients. They can manage appointments and emails using their mobile phones, create follow-up tasks and reminders instantly, and upload any documentation into their team site from any location.

The ability to work offline means staff can continue to work while travelling, safe in the knowledge that everything will be synchronised once they have an Internet connection.

The number of staff at the firm has more than tripled in the past six months and new users can be added to the cloud-based system easily. As the company continues to grow, it feels secure that the solution will grow with it.

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Solution Overview

Organization Size: 6 employees

Partner Profile

Shaping Cloud specialises in cloud migration and custom-built software development. It plans, implements, and manages the cloud migration processes within organisations.

Software and Services
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Exchange Online
  • SharePoint Online

Vertical Industries
Communications and Network Service Providers

United Kingdom