Microsoft is going to court, but in a much different way than their recent headlines over unconstitutional gag orders. Instead, Microsoft is looking to offer its software and services as a way to reinvent productivity in the courtroom.
In a blog post today titled "E-Justice: Digitizing Today's Courts," Microsoft detailed how a combination of cloud services like Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM, and Intune can help courts improve their workflows to handle ever-growing caseloads.
Microsoft cited their recent experience with the Supreme Court of the United Kingdon as an example of how impactful digitizing records and processes can be for courts. After implementing Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM, and Intune, the Supreme court's justices and staff members were able to work more efficiently and effectively; reducing adjournments and getting on track to reducing their overall IT budget by 60%.
The overall process involves using Azure to digitizes court records, using Office 365 to schedule and coordinate court sessions with the requisite staff, using Dynamics CRM Online to manage the lifecycle of cases, and even using Skype for Business to enable remote testimony during trials. And of course coordinating all of these activities through cloud-enabled software means that administrative officials can track all of the data to look for irregularities and see what is and isn't working on both granular and 35,000 feet in the air macro levels.
Microsoft has been courting law enforcement and other government agencies with Azure Government, which continually gains new security certifications in order to provide such sensitive services. But with their new "E-Justice" initiative they are expanding to include the other side of the legal equation. For more information about Microsoft's certified government cloud services, you can check out their Public Safety and National Security web page here.