Intranet redevelopment provides a global workforce with a new, highly effective tool for business

Business Situation

​CFSGAM’s intranet netFIRST was a key means for the organization to engage employees and ensure a consistent understanding of the business across different cultures and geographies. With a global workforce, a highly functional intranet is essential. It was imperative that CFSGAM employees can access information they need, when they need it and in a timely way.

Overtime the netFIRST intranet had proven to be unreliable and complex for employees to use. It lacked cohesion and relevancy and was difficult for users to navigate and find the business critical information and tools relevant to their roles.

"Avanade was able to provide us with a modern design and a functional new intranet that achieved the communications and process goals that we were aiming for."

Sarah Cantwell Senior Manager, Global Online Marketing, Colonial First State Global Asset Management


Avanade was engaged to design and implement a revamped netFIRST intranet on Microsoft SharePoint 2010.

The solution included the design and development of reusable templates and custom development to meet key functional requirements. The team worked with the business to translate requirements into the solution components to come up with the optimal approach.


CFSGAM has been pleased with the new netFIRST intranet and the results that the successful collaboration with Avanade has delivered.

The new design is modern and contemporary and, coupled with the power of SharePoint functional capabilities, provides content that is easy to manage for content authors.

A clear framework enables users to share and publish content more effectively than ever before. With a clearer categorization of information, CFSGAM employees can now find and consume timely and relevant information more rapidly and with greater ease.

"Avanade has the expertise to provide an integrated approach to user experience design and SharePoint development."

Sarah Cantwell Senior Manager, Global Online Marketing, Colonial First State Global Asset Management

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