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iManage Launches iManage Cloud
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iManage announced today that it has significantly enhanced its cloud offerings for professionals across law firms, corporate legal, accounting and financial services through the launch of iManage Cloud.  

iManage Cloud enables organizations to more quickly deploy iManage’s leading work product management platform – which includes document, email and knowledge management, as well as collaboration and governance tools –  with no additional IT infrastructure, and for a low monthly subscription fee. 

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"We implemented our first cloud solutions for law firms and corporate legal departments during our tenure with HP,” said Dan Carmel, iManage’s chief marketing officer. “Over the past four years, we have refined those systems by working closely with our customers. We applied those lessons in the development of the new iManage Cloud. Our customers want more control over their cloud services, and demand solutions that work the way they work, integrated with the essential tools they use every day. Attorneys and other professionals expect access to critical information anytime, anywhere, whether they are connected or off line. Only iManage Cloud provides that.” 

The iManage Cloud is the preferred cloud for professionals because it is the only one to offer full functionality both online and offline, giving them the ability to seamlessly work from any location, even when Internet connectivity is nonexistent. Using this hybrid approach, the iManage Cloud delivers scalable, reliable performance, with flexibility not available from other cloud offerings.

Pryor Cashman, LLP, a premier, mid-sized law firm with offices in New York City and Los Angeles, recently selected iManage Cloud for work product management. The firm will use iManage Cloud to improve accessibility for its increasingly mobile workforce, support collaboration and improve document retention processes. “For years we used an on-premises solution, but only about 40 percent of our attorneys used it because it lacked the features and user experience they required,” said Michael Cannizzaro, director of IT at Pryor Cashman.  “We tried another cloud vendor, but found that only iManage Cloud provides the robust functionality and effective user experience for our attorneys.   That’s why they are the de facto standard in the legal market.”  

Professional services firms face several challenges when moving work product management to the cloud:

  • Stewardship over content: Regulatory and client concerns make it impossible to move all content to the cloud. In these instances, a hybrid approach is necessary.
  • Large files: Unlike CRM data or time and billing information, the average size of a document is multiple megabytes – often 100 megabytes or more. Often the public Internet doesn’t offer an effective path for document delivery. High-speed VPNs must be supported.  
  • Access whether connected or disconnected: Professionals work on planes, in courthouses, on client sites – many of which do not offer great Internet connectivity. They require full functionality whether connected or not.

"The shift in just the last four years in the willingness of legal organizations to consider – or even prefer – cloud-based applications has been remarkable and significant. However, concerns over the security of privileged and confidential work product, data privacy and access control remain very real, very relevant and very strong,” said Christopher O’Connor, senior research analyst at Hyperion Global Partners. "Foundational technology such as that provided by iManage is materially helping to reconcile the need for extensibility with the need for risk management. The hybrid cloud is a business solution with momentum to drive market adoption with flexible, creative and responsive deployment models."

About iManage

iManage is the leading provider of work product management solutions for legal, accounting and financial services firms and the corporate departments they serve worldwide. Every day iManage helps professionals streamline the creation, sharing, governance and security of their work product. Nearly 3,000 organizations around the world—including more than 1,800 law firms—rely on iManage to help them deliver great client work. Headquartered in Chicago, iManage is a management-owned company.

 

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