Law firm Bell Gully Buddle Weir has completed the first stage of its “InfoBank” project. The collective knowledge and information resources of the company are now online and accessible throughout the company nationally.
The project has been under way for two years and is intended to reduce the people hours dedicated to researching precedents, statutes and legislatures.
Bell Gully CEO Sean Larkan says the collective in-house knowledge and experience of large commercial law firms has always been a hugely valuable but largely unmanaged asset.
The company’s three offices in Auckland, Manukau and Wellington, accounting for 400 PCs, will all be connected to the same server, a Compaq ProLiant, via frame relay. Given the amount of information being stored, 8Gb (with two more databases due online over the next couple of weeks), the memory requirements of the system are huge. The company has elected to implement an internal RAID 5 array, along with an extra 27Gb RAID array.
In addition to the current documentation in place the firm is also implementing a database of worldwide resources, available to all its lawyers via its intranet.