Elite systems specialist Opes Consulting has announced its successful completion of the UK’s largest law firm PMS merger, coming in on time and budget.
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP has now gone live following a huge three-way ‘reverse’ data merging of two Elite 3E instances into CMS’s Enterprise system. The project had to be completed within six months to meet the compressed timescales required by the new enlarged firm, with Opes managing all the conversion work, testing and final switchover.
Integreon’s Nick Pond, who oversaw the overall Elite merger programme for CMS, commented: “The fact that the whole firm is able to bill from a single system from the first month end post-merger is testament to the calibre of the Opes team. No-one should underestimate the complexity of what was involved, particularly the slightly unorthodox 3E to Enterprise migration, but Opes’s deep domain expertise and very assured, adroit project management meant we were always in control and sure of hitting our deadline.
I was very impressed by their responsiveness, flexibility and calm, controlled manner, and given the enormity of the task and the pressure we were all under, I was both pleased and relieved that we had their knowledge, their enthusiasm and their unstinting support to help us drive the project through.”
Opes founder and director Kevin Smith added: “Over the years we have been involved with well over 50 mergers but this was by far the most demanding, in terms of both scope and timeline. However, this is where our experience, resources and know-how really come into their own, in being able to cut a challenge down to size and to be confident of delivering on time and budget.”