Belgium law firm Altius secures a ROI and corporate governance

2010-05-20T11:01:15+01:00

IT Director – Altius assists companies in their international and Belgian transactions and litigation. The firm wanted their emails to be centrally archived to aid legal cases. They also required a solution to reduce overall storage and give lawyers access to their email archives at home.

All Belgian legal firms are required to show “good governance” of their IT Systems. They should be able to show a paper trail of email communication to support an action or advice given to a client. Due to the volume of email data being generated at Altius, personal email archives were becoming overwhelmed and management were noticing increased overheads and unreliability in their systems. The firm required a solution to store all emails centrally, reduce storage costs and management overheads while allowing full remote access to archived items.

Symantec directly engaged Frontier to deliver the solution for Altius. Frontier was recommended based on their previous project work and their consultants’ excellent knowledge and expertise. Altius had already chosen to install Enterprise Vault, Symantec’s industry leading email and content archiving product. As a Symantec Silver Solution partner, Frontier’s consultants have an excellent knowledge of all Symantec products and have installed Enterprise Vault for a host of clients.

“We can already see a return on investment,” Yves Lefever, IT manager, Altius “Our reports show that there is a total storage reduction of data from the original Exchange stores.”

The whole email archiving project was completed in less than 2 weeks. Yves Lefever, IT Manager at Altius, comments: “Technically, Frontier Technology’s consultants were excellent.  They know their products perfectly. Throughout the process everything was explained clearly. I always had a good understanding of what was going on.”

The solution has been highly successful, enabling the firm to effectively manage unstructured information across the organisation. It reduced the size of primary storage and applications by moving off emails and applying de-duplication and compression. Altius’ lawyers have found the search facility fast and easy to use and management have been able to deliver on their commitment of good governance.

“Already we can see a return on investment,” adds Lefever. “Our reports show that there is a total storage reduction of data from the original Exchange stores. The lawyers can also access their archived emails from home which has increased productivity.”

Altius have almost instantly seen an return on investment and will continue to do so; storage cost growth will slow as Enterprise Vault transparently moves less-used content to lower cost storage devices.

“I am glad that Symantec put us in touch with Frontier; their service was excellent. I would definitely recommend them and look forward to working with the company again in the future,” concludes Lefever.

Click here to find out more about how Frontier Technology worked with Altius in our case study.