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Microsoft Teams Connector Now Available in FileTrail GPS

FileTrail enables information governance for Microsoft Teams in law firm environments

One of the biggest shifts in legal technology over the past year has been the rapid adoption of Microsoft Teams in law firm environments. Many law firms and their clients have been relying on Teams as a communication and collaboration tool since the move to remote working triggered by the global pandemic.

Information Governance Challenges with Microsoft Teams

Law firms in particular face unique information governance challenges when it comes to using Teams. Protecting client data and preserving confidentiality are major concerns for law firms, which are also subject to strict regulatory requirements around data privacy that often vary from client to client, depending on their industry and the countries in which they operate.

Even with policies and procedures in place for how lawyers and staff should use Teams, the reality is that things can get complicated quickly. Meanwhile, the convenience of using Teams for group chat, voice calls, videoconferencing and collaboratively editing content means that users will always push to do more with Teams if they can.

Microsoft Teams Connector in FileTrail GPS

At FileTrail, we’ve received a growing number of inquiries about how we can help firms streamline the way they govern information they share and create within Teams in compliance with clients’ outside counsel guidelines (OCGs) as well as their own IG policies. 

So we invested in building connectors for closer integration and are very pleased to announce the availability of a Microsoft Teams Connector in FileTrail GPS:

Users who are participating in client matter-specific channels in Microsoft Teams can now easily access their FileTrail workspace, showing documents related to that matter across all repositories. As before, FileTrail GPS integrates with ethical walls applications such as Intapp Walls, so that you can restrict access to client matter workspaces within FileTrail to designated individuals with the right permissions.

In addition, the Document Connector for Teams makes the FileTrail system itself aware of any matter-specific channels within Teams when they are created. Firms using FileTrail GPS Policy Manager are also able to ensure that any firm- or client-specific policies around retention and disposition are automatically applied to any content generated in Microsoft Teams.

Visibility Across All Repositories

The Microsoft Teams Connector is the latest of many connectors to be added to FileTrail GPS. FileTrail GPS also offers connectors to SharePoint and SharePoint Online / Office 365, iManage Work 10 and iManage Cloud, NetDocuments and file shares.

For further information on how FileTrail GPS can enable your firm to gain visibility and take control of information governance across all electronic and physical repositories, request a consultation or a copy of our the product data sheet.