"We've tested BlackBerry handhelds for some time and our lawyers love them," said Richard Simpson, Managing Partner at Bricker & Eckler. "It's a real timesaver to send and receive email from any location, when you are on the go."
Between frequent trips to the courthouse and client meetings, Bricker & Eckler's attorneys spend a significant amount of time away from the office. In the past, lawyers would use their mobile phones to receive pertinent messages, coordinate with colleagues and manage calendars. With mobile phones now banned in the courtroom, there is a need for a non-disruptive and secure way for attorneys to stay connected to the office for quick access to important, and often, confidential information. The firm sought to provide its attorneys with handhelds that would meet these criteria and also integrate easily with their existing Microsoft® Outlook email, calendar and contact lists.
After implementing a pilot program, the firm distributed BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds™ to partners, associates and certain staff members. The IT department installed BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ behind their firewall, which leverages the firm's existing information system by integrating with Microsoft Exchange. BlackBerry Enterprise Server software meets client privacy and IT security requirements by providing end-to-end encryption using Triple DES (Data Encryption Standard). With BlackBerry, Bricker & Eckler attorneys quickly discovered an increase in productivity by having wireless access to email and data.