So why should a law firm pick a practice management system from Aderant rather than from Thomson Elite when, on the face of it, they are apparently Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum products with little to differentiate one from the other? Aderant however says that one area where it is now developing a clear edge is in the ease of and time it takes to implement its systems.

At the end of July, Aderant announced the rapid deployment of its systems at the offices of London-based Mishcon de Reya. The implementation of the PMS part was completed within five months of the firm deciding to switch suppliers, after attempting to implement a different PMS – in fact Aderant managed to meet the target date that had been set for the initial implementation project. (Although neither Aderant nor Mishcon mention the name of the supplier of the problematic implementation in their announcement, Insider records show that in June 2004 we reported that the firm had selected Elite to replace its old AIM PMS.)
 
After seeing how well the core PMS aspect of the project went, the firm also decided to deploy Aderant Expert Mobile Office straightaway and rolled out Handheld Time to their fee earners, which has been live for over six months now. The firm says Mobile Office allows the firm to offer fee-earners yet another option to accurately capture time, resulting in an increase in time capture for participating fee earners by as much as 15%.

And then, earlier this month, Aderant announced that the German law firm Luther had successfully completed a global implementation (to 230 lawyers and consultants throughout 13 German offices and five
international operations in Ankara, Brussels, Budapest, Istanbul and
Singapore) of the Aderant Expert PMS in only seven months.


The firm, which is part of the expanding European partner network – the Pinsent Masons Luther Group (PMLG), required a new business management solution because it had terminated its association with Ernst & Young and could no longer share its IT infrastructure and services. The ending of this arrangement also meant Luther faced an extremely tight – and unyielding – implementation deadline, with the firm needing to be live on its new system by July 2007 when its service agreement with Ernst & Young expired.

• In an interview with Aderant earlier this summer, the company's CEO Mike Kohlsdorf told the Insider that along with organic growth, Aderant was also investigating expanding its market share of the legal IT sector through strategic acquisitions. No names were mentioned but the implication was this included the acquisition of legacy PMS suppliers that still had substantial user bases.