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McParland Finn Ltd optimises business operations with the cloud

McParland Finn Ltd required a cloud-based management system for enhanced data security, regulatory compliance and cost savings. Discover how McParland Finn relies on Applied to securely run the business and deliver more efficient customer service.

"The Applied Cloud gave us the peace of mind and security we needed to move our business forward."

Martin Jackson

Director

McParland Finn Ltd

Challenge

McParland Finn previously kept their servers on site with an on-premises broker management system. However, the business came under scrutiny from various capacity providers of their binding authority agreements, particularly in areas such as data security, penetration testing, data backup and disaster recovery. On-premises servers had also become costly, with more expensive software needed to accommodate business growth. McParland Finn needed a cloud solution that would ensure reliable handling of every business issue, as well as security and compliance. As the business grew, customer service demands also became an issue. Clients expected to be serviced outside of normal business hours, when it was convenient to them.

Solution

McParland Finn ultimately chose to move their broker management system to Applied TAMCloud,supported by Applied Cloud Services. Senior management was confident it was the best way to quicklygrow and securely store and access data. The Applied Cloud is the largest global cloud platform forindependent insurance brokers. More than 5,000 businesses and 70,000 users across four countries relyon Applied Cloud Services to securely run their businesses. McParland Finn was confident the AppliedCloud would provide uninterrupted access to their data since the Applied Cloud offers 99.95% uptimeand 24/7/365 data centre operations with continual monitoring to ensure business continuity. TheApplied Cloud also enables staff to work outside of standard office hours to meet client demand forconvenient service; they can access Applied TAMCloud anytime, from anywhere.

Result

McParland Finn leverages Applied Cloud Services to improve security, save time and costs, and increase business efficiency, whilst allowing staff to focus more on clients. The business stores all of its data in the Applied Cloud, providing advanced business continuity and anytime access to secure information.“The Applied Cloud gave us the peace-of-mind and security we needed to move our business forward,” said Martin Jackson, director, McParland Finn Ltd.

McParland Finn also saves a significant amount of time by hosting their management system on the cloud. Staff no longer have to maintain expensive servers or keep hardware up to date. Applied CloudServices manages all hardware and software testing, maintenance and upgrades, ensuring McParlandFinn runs at optimum levels. The business saves money annually, as servers no longer need to be upgraded. All upgrades occur virtually, either running in the background or outside of normal business hours.

The staff at McParland Finn now spend less time with IT issues, enabling them to focus more onproviding exceptional service and selling insurance. “Our product advisors spend less time worryingabout documentation and are able to spend more time on the clients,” said Jackson. Staff can easilystore documents and data in the cloud and access it from anywhere via their laptops, tablets or mobilephones. McParland Finn leverages the cloud to provide service anytime, day or night. Before the cloud, McParland Finn Ltd was unable to offer this kind of service to its clients. “The cloud offers our clients theoption to contact us outside of normal business hours,” said Jackson. “Applied plays a critical role inenabling us to provide the best service possible to our clients.”

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McParland Finn Ltd

McParland Finn Ltd is a niche insurance broker. McParland Finn Ltd specialises in analysis, management and insurance of risk for professional practices, science and technology businesses, and corporate clients, whilst also providing assistance to the partners, directors, officers and trustees who manage them.

Company Snapshot

Headquarters: Manchester, UK
Established in 1997
27 employees

Software Leveraged

Applied Cloud

Applied TAM