IT Projects

Project monitoring, performance specifications, milestones, IT contract review, contract negotiations, change management (change requests), waterfall model, loss, migration, testing and production use, documentation, training …

Our law firm supports the IT projects of companies from the preparation and review of specifications to the acceptance and subsequent software maintenance. In many cases, the attorney is consulted far too late in ongoing IT projects, namely when none of the contract parties is willing to negotiate any more and threatens the collapse of the project and subsequent litigation.

However, the expert IT attorney is not opponent of the client or the contractor, but supporter and mediator of both parties and contributes significantly to the success of the IT project. The IT attorney checks with both parties together specifications and documents and defines the performance and contribution obligations of the parties by joint agreement. This saves tremendous time and cost. If in a larger IT project due to unclear definition of the performance obligations of the contractor, many additional man-days by the contractor or the client must be spent to rehabilitate the project due to the lack of contractual change process, is this in most cases much more expensive than to consult the IT attorney in the project on time.

The IT attorney supports and trains the project participants, for example in relation to the definition of the power and duty to cooperate, examination of the specifications, definition of milestones, making changes in the course of the project, avoidance of call changes, fixing, modification and compliance project deadlines, documentation requirements, acceptance criteria and definition of acceptance, warranty and following software maintenance by the contractor.

Also advantageous is that attorney Thomas P. Costard as an IT attorney brings even relevant experience from the information technology by its own and it is advantageous that he planned, implemented and documented IT projects and therefore he has the knowledge of typical IT project sins. As an IT expert attorney, he knows the mentality of both the computer scientist as well as those of attorneys and can respond to both groups of individuals knowledgeable so that they understand and accept each other and take the expertise as an enrichment and as a help for the success of the IT project. Due to the fact that attorney Costard as a computer scientist and IT law specialist attorney, he contributes significantly to the success of IT projects and is appreciated by the lawyers and computer scientists and his instructions and requirements of the stakeholders of a project are well accepted.

The services of the law firm in the field of IT project management, can be counted in particular among the

  • Verification of the specifications in the context of a software project
  • Definition of Milestones
  • Creation of the acceptance and period plan
  • Creation of IT project contract
  • Monitoring of the contract negotiations up to signing the contract
  • Assistance in the preparation of the acceptance report, definition of test cases
  • Support for the acceptance and logging of existing defects
  • Support for planning and carrying out the correction of errors
  • Renovation of IT projects and support of arbitration
  • Rescission of IT projects and enforcement of penalties and damages claims in and out of court

Attorney Costard holds seminars and trainings in the area of IT project management, in particular in the area of the specification and the typical project sins.

The services of the law firm in the area of software licensing consulting can be counted in particular among the

  • Stock-taking of the existing business licenses
  • Collection of sub-and overlaps in software licenses
  • Assessment of the level of software requirements
  • Examination and comparison of different software licensing models, especially for Microsoft
  • Consideration of software licensing models in the context of virtualization
  • Assistance in developing a valid software license management in enterprises
  • Accompanying the software rollouts in the company

Due to his training as a Microsoft Licensing Professional (MLP) Attorney Costard knows the software license models of Microsoft Inc. very well.