News Business Leadership Law firms Clifford Chance and Microsoft plan new dawn for legal market IT By The Lawyer 17 January 2011 00:00 17 December 2015 15:34 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer chris 17 January 2011 at 09:57 Must be the future. DM systems suck Reply Link Bill Jobs 17 January 2011 at 12:50 This potentially signals a significant point in the nature of law firm technology systems, from something that is designed to be best of breed like Open Text to something more reliant on everyday technology. There is going to be a bloodbath. Reply Link Anonymous 17 January 2011 at 12:51 If a law firm was setting up today would it use Microsoft products? Probably yes. Reply Link Charlie Hull 17 January 2011 at 13:31 There’s a better route, which is for the legal community to develop solutions based on open source. This would give law firms a lower cost (and in some cases completely free) software base, and avoid lock-in to a particular vendor. There are some other ways open source methods could help such as the development of a common legal taxonomy, which I wrote about here: http://www.flax.co.uk/blog/2010/11/11/legal-search-is-broken-can-it-be-fixed-with-open-source-taxonomies/ Reply Link Anonymous 17 January 2011 at 13:32 Computing power isn’t there yet but over the next decade (if computers continue to double in power roughtly every 18 months, and they will) we will approach the point where the vast majority of work currently done by qualified lawyers, let alone trainees and paralegals, can be automated. In 20 years time the idea of an intelligent person spending 10+ hours a day staring at a screen producing documents will be arcane. Reply Link Anonymous 17 January 2011 at 15:07 Why would someone buy a product from MCS UK who would not enhance it, maintain it, etc? They are a services business, not a software business. Saying this is “Microsoft” is over stating it. Microsoft is a platform company. Great idea by MCS, but customers will very quickly see through it and support traditional ISV partners instead. Reply Link Luddite #1 17 January 2011 at 15:36 Anonymous | 17-Jan-2011 1:32 pm Richard? Richard Suskind? Is that you? Never going to happen. Reply Link P90 17 January 2011 at 15:57 Interesting to see an advocate for open source – for which support is the achilles heel – and this post about MCS opining about the perceived lack of support all in the same thread of comments. Don’t you suppose that the MCS IP will be baked into future Sharepoint releases so that the services support perspective here will be moot? Why else would Microsoft subsidize this development work? Reply Link PtL 17 January 2011 at 16:43 What are you all talking about? I understand the issue about support as regards ISV partners and baking into Sharepoint releases. But what does this mean for my Amstrad? Will I have to buy one of those “mouse” things? Reply Link Anonymous 17 January 2011 at 17:06 Open text and iManage will soon be like Word Perfect and Lotus Notes. Once thought indispensible, soon no-one over a certain age will even remember why they mattered Reply Link Anonymous 17 January 2011 at 17:08 Microsoft’s services business (of which consulting is a subset) operates on a highly customer centric model. There are multiple options available for customers to enhance or maintain their existing or new solutions. Reply Link Jeff Gillingham 17 January 2011 at 17:50 Cloud computing is upon us and the Microsoft model is outdated. Like many other technology services document management will be out there in the cloud. Not being driven by Windows but based on thin client architecture. Hold on and wait for a fast revolution. Reply Link Anonymous 18 January 2011 at 09:13 Anonymous | 17-Jan-2011 1:32 pm Come on please! The end of the world in nigh! Reply Link Anonymous 18 January 2011 at 14:32 “Microsoft model is outdated”? Microsoft is aggressively moving in that direction, with several viable cloud offerings already available. And who said this project wasn’t a cloud solution? Reply Link ripbcs 20 January 2011 at 09:46 If Cloud computing is indeed upon us then Microsoft stands to win biggest! Microsoft is the only vendor that I’ve seen so far that gives you the EXACT same functionality on premise or off and lets you put only portions out int he cloud if you want instead of all or none. This reminds me of back in 1996 when Bill Gates said we’re “embracing” the internet and within a year the company took on (and eventually beat) Netscape. Reply Link Anonymous 20 January 2011 at 10:43 Suggest you Google (or Bing) Microsoft Azure Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.