Thomson Snell to swap out IRIS for Pilgrim in the Cloud
Thomson Snell & Passmore, with 200 lawyers and staff in its Tunbridge Wells and the Thames Gateway offices, has selected K-Cloud and Pilgrim Systems to provide all of its business critical applications. K-Cloud will provide the firms entire IT infrastructure through fully managed data centres operated by 2e2. This Software as a Service (SaaS) deal centred around the replacement of the firm's legacy IRIS AIM Evolution system with Pilgrim Systems LawSoft.
K-Cloud will deliver the firm a consolidated service incorporating LawSoft, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange and Centurion's BreatheHR solution. They will also accommodate the continued use of BigHand and Mimecast. In terms of support, K-Cloud will provide a 24/7 IT service desk and a single consistent SLA across both applications and infrastructure.
Commenting on the deal, Head of Information Systems David Bennett said “Like the majority of other mid-tier firms, we made a conscious decision to delay upgrading core components of our infrastructure. We knew that we would need to upgrade our Microsoft Office environment this year (from v.2003 to v.2010) but we recognised that we could introduce real efficiencies across the firm if we took the opportunity to re-evaluate the IT systems we used. This included our practice management system.
“Moving to the Cloud has provided us with an opportunity to build an infrastructure based on best practice and the inclusion of the new PMS allows us to review all of the business processes used within the firm. The solution effectively allows us to take advantage of recent software and hardware advances and simplified business processes, without having to compromise their implementation by incorporating them into the existing infrastructure.”
Malcolm Simms, K-Cloud's CEO, said “We are delighted to have finalised contracts with Thomson Snell & Passmore. The firm’s circumstances are similar to that of many other legal practices we are currently speaking to and we are confident that an increasing number of firms will start to see the clear economic, strategic and operational advantages of the K-Cloud proposition.”