Law firm benefits from IT overhaul

By Jonathan Nally
Monday, 09 April, 2018

Law firm benefits from IT overhaul

Western Australia’s largest independent law firm, Jackson McDonald, is achieving better insights and enhanced productivity through new data analytics and cloud capabilities.

Having rolled out Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS and Calm application-centric management system, the firm is seeing the benefits from moving towards a more hybrid cloud strategy.

“The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software has given us the capability to launch data analytics services,” said Jackson McDonald IT Manager Asfar Sadewa. “For example, our DevOps team has launched a new HR information system that compiles and analyses data from a variety of sources to give us a more effective hiring process.

“We’ve also created a data warehouse that can crunch data such as profitability over many years in a raw form to provide vital information to help the board make informed business decisions. We simply couldn’t develop these kinds of resources with our old environment.”

The Calm system automates, orchestrates and balances the use of apps across public cloud and on-premises infrastructure.

Since going with the Nutanix solution, Jackson McDonald has seen a reduction in IT outages, with a concomitant lessening of disruption to clients and staff. The firm has also been able to reduce its infrastructure team from three to one, reallocating the freed resources into software development and digital initiatives. Other benefits include cost savings through lower overheads, scalability, better security and increases in speed and performance.

The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS also manages the law firm’s range of Microsoft applications used daily, including SQL and Office.

Sadewa said everyone has been happier since the deployment.

“Our IT teams are genuinely happier — they’re not fighting fires, staying late or over the weekends to fix bugs and outages,” he said. They’re having fun, learning more and their roles have expanded into new areas.”

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