Ashurst has instructed IT infrastructure and services provider Softcat and begun engaging a number of key clients on moving much of its data to the cloud as the UK top 10 firm continues to lead a working party that puts Microsoft at the centre of law firm efforts to shift their infrastructure off premises.
Softcat is advising Ashurst on a hybrid-cloud model that will look at moving to Office 365/hosted Exchange and potentially putting the firm’s document management system in the cloud. It currently uses iManage on premises.
As we revealed in July, Ashurst’s global head of IT, Bruna Pellicci earlier this year set up a Microsoft legal working group designed to put the software giant at the centre of law firm efforts to move their infrastructure to the cloud. The working group, which most recently met on 27 September and includes law firms such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, RPC, BLM, Bird & Bird and Clyde & Co has brought in representatives from Microsoft in a bid to answer recurring law firm challenges such as the security issues raised by client RFPs.
Pellicci said: “Requirements to keep information secure are growing and clients expect to see their law firms responding to this. Microsoft is working with us to understand these requirements and establish exactly how its cloud services can deliver on them.”
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This story first appeared in the October Legal IT Insider – for your free monthly copy click here: https://www.legaltechnology.com/latest-newsletter/