Exclusive: Farrer & Co to move to Azure – here’s the roadmap

Exclusive: Farrer & Co to move to Azure – here’s the roadmap

by Legal IT Insider in Information Technology Category, Date: November 21, 2017

Farrer & Co LLP has selected digital transformation consultancy SystemsUp to help it move to a secure Microsoft Azure hybrid cloud platform and a desktop environment based on Office 365 and Windows 10, we can reveal. IT director Neil Davison and SystemsUp managing director Nick Martin talked to us about the process that they have engaged in so far and the two-year road map ahead.

The top 60 UK law firm led by IT director Neil Davison (pictured) last year reached an unusual point where its IT infrastructure and systems from servers to phones needed replacing. Davison told the Orange Rag:

We knew we were approaching a point where everything needed replacing, which meant we would be a greenfield site. Myself and deputy Andy Beech started thinking about what wanted to do. We did a lot of due diligence and spoke to a lot of people, including Nick from SystemsUp and Dell, which was involved in the due diligence process.

Davison spoke to firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer about its move to Azure and commissioned Dell to conduct an architectural vision assessment that included interviews with Farrers’ IT steering committee and board. Long before instructing SystemsUp on the transformation piece, Davison worked with Martin “on what the options were” and spoke to a lot of Azure customers about “the current state of the market and pros and cons.”

Davison says:

We had a strong feeling that Azure would be the right thing for us and the due diligence confirmed that – including speaking to Dell and Nick. Frankly, it’s a lot easier to sell an Azure Microsoft solution into a law firm than somebody known for selling books. There’s so much on the Microsoft website in terms of compliance and GDPR and all the things we care about from a regulatory point of view.

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