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Posted: 6/7/2013
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Shaping Cloud IT Company Helps Public Relations Firm Deploy Cost-Effective Solution

Business Needs

Public relations (PR) company Ashurst Communications specialises in all areas of the property industry—including residential, commercial, construction, and interiors—while also working with young and startup businesses from different sectors.

As a communications expert and business owner, Managing Director Lisa Ashurst is often out of the office meeting clients, so it’s essential she has access to all her documents, emails, and contacts. Overall, the PR firm needed an IT solution that would:

Increase productivity

Enhance collaboration and connectivity

Reduce system administration

Aid mobile working


Shaping Cloud migrated the company from the Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3) email originally issued by its domain provider to Microsoft Office 365, providing a cost-effective IT solution with no setup costs or ongoing maintenance. The service includes:

IT support

Secure storage for important documentation


Managing Director Ashurst can access documents, emails, and contacts on her laptop or phone from virtually anywhere thanks to Microsoft Exchange Online.

Using Microsoft SharePoint Online, documents are easily managed, shared, and controlled.

It is quick and easy to add users to the system when Ashurst requires additional staff to assist her with projects.

The Managing Director can conduct important online meetings while editing documents in Microsoft Lync Online.

Running its IT in the cloud has meant the PR firm avoided the cost of an in-house server. Plus, all IT issues are resolved by Shaping Cloud.

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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
  • Lync Online
  • SharePoint Online

Vertical Industries
Communications and Network Service Providers

United Kingdom