London-based legal firm Bindmans has implemented Microsoft Sharepoint across its business to achieve greater operational efficiency by improving access to information and enabling group collaboration.
The system replaced a custom-built intranet, which did not allow staff to access company resources including legal case work remotely from clients' offices or when working from home. The firm also needed to improve its archiving facilities for financial documents, while keeping storage costs to a minimum.
"The need for a unified collaboration medium for the company, a portal to all key line of business applications, became increasingly evident," said Kambiz Jahanshahi, IT manager at Bindmans.
Sharepoint has enabled Bindmans to meet the firm's communication, storage and collaboration needs. The system provides a common interface to business applications from wherever they are working as well as access up-to-date work-group news and information, discussion forums, training materials, management reports, and administration forms.
IT services company Concentra said Sharepoint was an obvious choice for Bindmans because it integrated easily with the firm's desktop applications and .Net investment.
"Although difficult to quantify the savings, the search facilities are incredibly powerful and the consensus is that it is saving time," said Jahanshahi.
Bindmans plans to expand the system in future to offer an extranet facility for clients to access reports and view their account status.