iManage has signed up mid-sized Chicago and Minneapolis firm Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg to iManage Cloud for work product management including document and email management, and collaboration. iManage Cloud was formally launched in February at LegalTech New York, enabling firms to securely access iManage’s work product management solutions with no additional on-premises IT infrastructure and for a subscription fee.

“Mobility and security go hand-in-hand when considering a move to the cloud,” said John Jelderks, director of IT at Barack Ferrazzano.  “Our attorneys work in a wide variety of locations, and secure access to their content is extremely important. With mobility, they can now be productive in and out of the office.  Soon, we will have the ability to get an email from a client, open it from a mobile device, make changes to it and save as a new version within iManage Work.  Functionality is the same inside the office or outside the office.”

He added: “Data security is essential to every business, and it was a big motivator for moving to iManage Cloud,” continued Jelderks.  “Because iManage is managing the infrastructure, we know they will have teams of people in place to insure all security is up-to-date.”

iManage work product management is available as an on-premises installed product, as a cloud service in the iManage Cloud, or as a hybrid implementation with some information on-premises and some information in the cloud.

Other firms to have signed up for iManage Cloud include Pryor Cashman, a mid-sized law firm with offices in New York City and Los Angeles.

“The way people work is changing so it’s critical for law firms to give their attorneys and professionals access to client information anytime, anywhere – whether they are connected to the Internet or offline,” said Dan Carmel, chief marketing officer at iManage. “By deploying iManage Cloud, Barack Ferrazzano is able to provide its attorneys with innovative tools that enable them to provide more responsive service to their clients without compromising security.”