The winning initiative, Project Atlantic, was launched in January 2006 and was Mayer Brown's largest information technology initiative undertaken to date, creating an entirely new network infrastructure for the firm worldwide.
The project involved the rationalisation and transferral of Mayer Brown's servers and data centres to secure sites located away from the firm's offices, by way of dedicated (private) fibre optic networks linking these centres. This had to be achieved economically in terms of both budget and time. The project was successfully delivered on time and within budget, without any user suffering significant interference during a working day over the course of two years.
The project began with a comprehensive review of Mayer Brown's Information Services ("IS") infrastructure, an assessment of the likely needs for the future and a technology design that would support the needs of the firm's dynamic and growing practice well into the future.
The primary goal of the IS team was to create a high performing system protected by a Class A data centre environment and supported by world class telecommunication providers, which also satisfied the business needs of Mayer Brown. This had to strike the right balance of availability, functionality, performance, flexibility and cost. It was also intended to generate new relationships with both new suppliers and Mayer Brown clients by using modern, local and global technologies.
The Legal Technology Awards (in association with the Legal Technology Journal) recognise and celebrate excellence in the provision and implementation of technology solutions for the benefit of legal practice.
Brad Peterson, Partner, Business & Technology Sourcing and Chair of the firm's Information Services Oversight Committee at Mayer Brown comments: "We are delighted that the IS team at Mayer Brown has been recognised for its successful planning and implementation of Project Atlantic. The project was one of great magnitude and complexity and was executed in a highly professional and efficient manner. The team worked extremely well to deliver this project on time and within budget and thoroughly deserve an accolade of such a high order."
Mayer Brown Vice Chairman Kenneth Geller adds: "This award is testament to our commitment to retaining and recruiting talent throughout our business. Furthermore, the solid IT foundation that the delivery of Project Atlantic has provided ensures that all staff can meet the challenges they encounter day to day. Importantly, as lawyers we can be assured that our clients can depend on our IT solutions."