Aderant has just announced that US national law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP (and long-time Aderant user – the firm has been a customer since 1999) has become the 150th firm to go live on Aderant Expert Release 7.5. This means that on average just over seven firms every month have implemented or migrated to Expert Release 7.5 since the it introduced in October 2007.
“We originally thought that the migration would be more involved than it actually was, especially given the new capabilities of the software,” said Edward O’Connell, Chief Financial Officer for Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. “In reality our upgrade went very smoothly. We were able to easily switch over to the new version of Expert. Our operations did not miss a beat.” The firm did two test conversions to ensure a seamless transition. The first conversion focused on testing upgrades the firm had done to its hardware infrastructure, including switching over to a clustered environment to gain additional performance improvements. Hinshaw then performed a second test conversion to ensure that the customisations it had done over the years to meet its unique business requirements worked with the new version. The firm also used actual production data from the prior month allowing them to fully test their month-end process, including reporting. This gave Hinshaw the ultimate confidence in moving to Expert Release 7.5 as it was able to see that the results of its month-end close were exactly the same.
Michael Kohlsdorf, President & CEO of Aderant said: “Hinshaw is a wonderful example of our ‘No Client Left Behind’ strategy, especially since this is the fourth time they have successfully migrated to a more current version of our practice management suite. We continually introduce new functionality, new capabilities, and new technologies without forcing our clients to re-implement or, more importantly, re-purchase software. This approach gives our clients the best long term value for their technology investment.”
* Comment: We love this 'no client left behind' name for the Aderant upgrade strategy – a stroke of marketing genius.