October saw Aderant host its largest ever EMEA client event, with 140 delegates attending Momentum Europe in London.

Speaking to Legal IT Insider, regional director for strategy and growth, Karen Bailey, told us that Aderant this year doubled the number of Momentum EMEA sponsor partners as it increases its partner network to help absorb new work – a move that will be welcomed by the industry and which follows the creation this year of the Aderant Expert Services Partner Network.  New partner faces at the conference included Wilson Allen and iTrain, which has been working with Aderant users at Travers Smith.

Inevitably there was a big focus on Aderant’s hybrid multi-tenant cloud offering, and it may come as a surprise that Aderant has 18 live sites on Aderant Expert Sierra in the US and 38 in total signed – it will be launching the cloud legal case and matter management software in the UK at the beginning of 2020.

Sierra is hosted in the US on AWS, but the Atlanta-headquartered software company is still deciding which cloud platform to go for in the UK.  Initially Sierra is aimed at smaller firms. In the US the firms that are on Aderant Sierra include Evans Petree; Martin Pringle; Adsero LLC; Meriwether Tharpe; and O’Donoghue, O’Donoghue.  Bailey tells us that there is a six-month average implementation time.

Speaking to Legal IT Insider at the event, executive vice president Chris Cartrett said:

“Four years ago we said that mobile options would be a requirement by 2020. Today, it is a no-brainer to have mobile time, inquiries on cellular devices, etc.  In five years’ time, cloud is going to be the no-brainer.”

Popular sessions at Momentum EMEA included an opportunity to play with new software: Aderant set up 40 PCs and conducted a series of exercises for attendees to become familiar with new software such as the partner dashboard, where solutions consulting and client experience manager Ian Emery demonstrated how users can create their own tiles.

Aderant also used Momentum EMEA to launch its new Handshake extranet product.  It is notably going to launch a series of UK roadshows next year and is currently looking at the most popular sessions and topics.

Bailey said:

“We’re taking the new Handshake extranet out to the regions so that people can play with it.  We’ve done roadshows for a while in the US and we did them in the UK a few years ago but we are doing it again in Q1 next year.”