Time for another round-up of legal IT industry channel news, this week featuring Converge Technology Specialists, Andy Stokes, David Gallagher, DocuSign, Tikit, Databarracks, Albion Ventures and Egress Software…


It is goodbye Converge IT.net and goodbye smartlegal.it as the Cheshire-based managed and infrastructure services company has changed its name to Converge Technology Specialists. The company is also now using a new website address: www.convergets.co.uk The existing smartlegal.it package of services to law firms will also be rebranded as ConvergeTS.

And it is also goodbye to Saturn27 as its two main men Andy Stokes and David Gallagher have moved on to set up their own businesses – Andy Stokes Consulting and GA Consulting Services. Andy Stokes told the Insider the move was “a very small event and all very amicable”.

• DocuSign and OpenTrust have formed a new partnership to help organisations doing business in France manage transactions on DocuSign’s Digital Transaction Management (DTM) platform using OpenTrust Protect & Sign. This now means DocuSign’s eSignature and Digital Transaction Management solutions are now fully compliant with EU law. A new version of DTM will be shipping from 11 March.

• Tikit has joined forces with cloud backup and disaster recovery provider Databarracks to provide secure recovery services to law and other professional service firms. Tikit’s managed services account manager Darren Saunders commented “The benefits of cloud computing for backup and disaster recovery are now widely recognised. For most firms, the idea of recovery from tape backups, taking days to complete, is just no longer acceptable. Cloud backup and DR give firms the confidence that, should they be affected by a disaster like fire, flooding or IT hardware failure, their operations will continue with minimal disruption.

Finally, UK venture capitalists Albion Ventures LLP today announces that it has made an investment of £2.2m in Egress Software Technologies, a provider of SaaS on-demand Cloud-based email and file encryption services to organisations in the public and private sectors. Since its launch in 2009, Switch Switch has become one of the market’s leading email and file encryption solutions, and already dominates the local authority space, with over 70% of councils registered as subscribers of the service.

Ed Lascelles, Partner at Albion Ventures, comments: “We are delighted to be supporting Egress as it enters such an exciting stage in its growth. We believe the company has a huge role to play as organisations increasingly focus on the security and privacy of their data. Egress fits well with the profile of technology investment that Albion seeks: the business is growing rapidly and has developed a leading position in a fast-growing, dynamic market.”