Barhead’s story: aligning with Microsoft’s vision
Barhead, an IT consulting firm specialising in Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, offers enterprise and technology solutions that help unlock business growth. In the past, Barhead has empowered several organisations through apps like Clearspace, a return-to-work management app. Barhead is a four-time Microsoft Inner Circle Partner and a winner of the 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award for Social Impact. This year, Barhead was a finalist in two global categories for the Power Apps and Power Automate Award and Community Response Award.
‘Microsoft is certainly looking to focus on industry verticals and Barhead is aligning with that and being in step with Microsoft on their vision along the way. Consensus fits very nicely within that vision because it’s a solution built for legal and procurement teams.,’ said Luke.
‘Our aim with Consensus is to really change the nature of the conversation by demonstrating this unique product, which leverages the infinitely extensible possibilities of the Power Platform. Tightly integrated with the Microsoft 365 suite, it provides the perfect foundation for all the personas in legal and contracting teams, to not only manage the type of work that they do but enable and extend those sorts of possibilities in terms of automation and efficiency,’ said Amanda.
‘A big challenge for organisations is identifying where their data is actually stored and who owns it. There’s a big drive for organisations to bring data back into their control, which is what we enable,’ said Luke. The Microsoft Cloud enables you to secure your data and give you full ownership of your organisation’s critical information.
According to Microsoft, 97% of Fortune 500 companies rely on Microsoft Power Platform to digitise their processes, with nearly 16 million monthly active users. In addition, the future of the CLM market is expected to double over $3 billion in the next five years. Aside from the strength of Microsoft technology, why go with Barhead?
‘Barhead is passionate about accelerating the take up of Microsoft technologies in legal teams. With the addition of our new Legal Tech team, Barhead brings a massive depth of experience to this space. In a major technology play, we are building another center of excellence on top of our existing technology expertise by specialising in legal solutions alongside industry specific solutions,’ said Doug Maloney, Head of Product and IP, Barhead Solutions.
Amanda offers another side of the coin. ‘There’s a lot of single purpose legal tech solutions on the market that either just solve document management, or contract management or matter management and a lot of legal teams struggle to get those solutions implemented because they’ve got to go through a lengthy IT process. Barhead seeks to empower everyone in the organisation, from the legal team and beyond, within a reasonable timeframe,’ said Amanda.
From an enablement point-of-view, lawyers spend 90% of their time working in Word, Outlook and other Microsoft products. In any platform, user adoption is crucial. ‘Because our solution is so tightly integrated with Microsoft 365, it gives a degree of familiarity. This high user adoption results in gains for functionality and change management,’ Amanda adds.
‘There’s high user adoption, ease of onboarding, reduce change management needs and intuitive familiarity, combined with an ability for ‘development at the speed of thought’. Microsoft is really boasting best in breed in terms of collaboration, productivity features and intelligent insights through dashboards and reporting. Not to mention that you can work anywhere, even from your mobile devices.’
Barhead is excited to be launching Consensus on the 11th of August. The company will be showcasing a series of webinars to demonstrate the power of Microsoft technologies for legal teams. Come and learn more about Consensus, shaping the future of workflow for legal and contracting teams.