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Posted: 6/7/2013
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Shaping Cloud IT Company Develops Application System to Manage Childrens Financial Product

Business Needs

Following the launch of the Junior ISA on 1 November 2011, Cottons Financial Planning and Avalon Investment Services collaborated to create The Children’s ISA.

Applications for The Children’s ISA—which are made through Avalon—were paper-based and entered manually onto a back-end system. This method of application was time consuming and inefficient. Avalon wanted an application system that was:

• Available online
• Fast and easy to use
• Secure


Shaping Cloud developed an online application form on the Windows Azure cloud platform. Linking the Avalon back-end system via web services created a streamlined and efficient application process for both Avalon and the customer. Within this software was a full administration section, allowing The Children’s ISA to manage its affiliate programme. This also helps them view, edit, and resubmit applications that come through the system.


• Shaping Cloud develops a fully online applications system.
• Using Windows Azure, Avalon gets a scalable solution, so it can add more resources on-demand.
• A built-in administration section helps the firm trace affiliate links.
• There are no upfront costs associated with initial setup because with Windows Azure the firm pays only for what it uses.
• The custom-built front-end application will be available through Avalon to other independent financial advisers (IFAs) for their applications in future.

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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 Azure

Vertical Industries

United Kingdom