North-East London law firm Thirsk Winton has upgraded and migrated its privately hosted iManage Work email and document management solution to the iManage Cloud with the help of Ascertus Limited, migrating nearly one million documents.

The firm has for a number of years had a cloud technology-led IT strategy based on the Microsoft Azure platform.

Elaborating on the firm’s business rationale for its move to the iManage Cloud, Jason Winton, founding partner at Thirsk Winton, said, “As a growing law firm, we can now very accurately predict costs. We pay on a per user basis and scalability is simply not an issue, unlike previously where, with every new headcount addition, we needed to ensure that we had the increased computing power, server capacity and so on. All those issues now rest with iManage and Ascertus, we simply focus on our core activity of delivering legal services. We now always have the latest version of iManage Work, and maintenance and support are all bundled up together. There is a great deal of reassurance that comes from not having to worry about these complex, time consuming and distracting issues.”

Thirsk Winton chose Ascertus to do the migration based on its experience of working with the company. “Ascertus was an obvious choice,” said Winton. “Our first implementation of iManage Work as a privately hosted solution was undertaken by Ascertus. Ever since then, they have been supporting the solution for us and will continue to do so – they are our ‘go to’ partner for anything iManage. The team at Ascertus is knowledgeable about the iManage offering and are easy to get on with. These are important considerations in business-critical projects.”

As we first wrote in April, Thirsk Winton has moved to Linetime Liberate for its practice management and these two core back end systems are now integrated. Liberate will be used to support the firms’ fee earners, providing time recording, ledger enquiry and matter management. The Liberate Outlook add-in will provide access to matters, matter history and emails / document production without the need to leave Outlook.

“Thirsk Winton completely understands the business benefits of cloud technology and is judiciously developing its IT infrastructure on that basis,” commented Jon Wainwright, sales and marketing director of Ascertus Limited. “This kind of forward-thinking outlook will benefit the firm as cloud-based solutions are fast becoming the norm. With a reduced need to incur capital expenditure, the new system will genuinely give Thirsk Winton the flexibility and agility to grow, in keeping with its ambitious business development strategy.”

See also: http://www.ascertus.com/ascertus-case-study-thirsk-winton-llp/