The Legal IT managed services survey
Buzzword or Benefit: IT outsourcers are now talking about 'managed services' which leave the client in the driving seat as an alternative to outsourcing. But is this just rhetoric or is there a tangible difference? Kieran Flatt finds out
Historically, outsourcing has found little favour with law firms and the UK market has been particularly tough for providers to crack. The legal sector is somewhat out of step with other industry sectors in this regard. In the boom years, when IT budgets were often lavish and technology as a whole was seen by many firms as a means of gaining competitive advantage, this is easy to understand. If the key focus is on strategic development rather than cost management, it makes no sense to use external resources that rely on establishing economies of scale by servicing a number of rival law firms.
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