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27 July 2004

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  • Case-management-software developer Mountain Software and digital-dictation-software developer nflow have announced a partnership that will see Mountain supplying nflow’s digital-dictation software to its law-firm customers. Mountain’s sales and marketing director Steve Kendrick said: “We decided to partner with nflow because they were offering a cost-effective system that was well established and proven in the UK legal market. We are hugely confident that the nflow digital-dictation system will allow us to provide a complete solution to our customers.”

  • Solicitec has re-branded as Visualfiles, dropping the well-known brand name with which the company was launched in 1985. According to Neil Ewin, chairman at Visualfiles, the name Solicitec had become too closely linked to case-management systems: "People associate Solicitec with highly deterministic processes such as conveyancing, debt collection and personal-injury applications. While we will always be strong in these areas, there are many more facets to our products, which many of our customers are finding more important. One example is the ability to use workflow processes to effectively bind together applications commonly used in legal practices, from solution providers including Microsoft, Elite, iManage, Hummingbird, Interaction and others." The company name was formally changed from Solicitec Limited to Visualfiles Limited in 2003 to reflect the wider interests of the company. However, the divisional name Solicitec Legal Solutions was retained for a further year. This division will now be called Visualfiles Legal Solutions.

  • Solcara has signed agreements with Ashurst and Macfarlanes to implement SolSearch, a search solution for multiple (internal and external) information resources. London media firm Harbottle and Lewis has also installed Solcara’s Client Partner to improve knowledge sharing, while Irish firm William Fry, is implementing Client Partner as part of its ongoing programme to improve knowledge sharing and information access across the organisation.

  • International firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has adopted Office-Shadow's crisis-planning software Shadow-Planner to manage its business-continuity plans. Freshfields has maintained business-continuity plans for a number of years, with plans initially based on Microsoft Word templates. As a web-based tool, however, the firm hopes that Shadow-Planner will provide better access to the plans and enable cross-border co-operation between offices.

  • Axxia Systems is to launch PictureTalk, a web-based training service that aims to provide law firms with a more accessible, convenient and affordable approach to training. Using interactive web-conferencing technology, it allows attendees to see a demonstration of a particular system or feature, engage in two-way conversations with the trainer, collaborate on the creation of documents and take over control of the presentation so they can highlight the elements they need explaining in more depth.

  • RedDot, a provider of content-management solutions, has released RedDot XCMS, an extended content-management system aimed at mid-sized businesses. RedDot XCMS is said to enable organisations to harness all content – regardless of its original format, language, structure or physical location – to transform productivity and reduce costs.

  • Interwoven, a supplier of enterprise-content-management solutions, has unveiled Interwoven Worksite MP 4.0, collaborative document-management software for multiple platforms. The new version features improved usability, better business-unit level configurations and enhanced compliance capabilities. It aims to improve employee effectiveness and productivity and enable business managers to solve compliance challenges easily.

  • Xoomworks, an unstructured-data-management company, has launched a solution targeted at compliance and money-laundering officers. The product focuses on the categorisation and linguistic analysis of unstructured information in a bid to help companies comply with financial-services regulations.

  • In an attempt to capture a greater share of the global market for legal advice, ius laboris is to introduce Knowledge Base, a suite of information services developed by specialists in its international compensation and benefits practice group. Designing and managing global compensation and benefits plans can be a complex, burdensome task requiring tax, employment and securities law, and other regulatory knowledge in each country. The practice group has used its international reach and expertise to develop the know-how tool, which enables in-house counsel, and benefits and HR managers to easily access the alliance's knowledge of local regulations and practice. Regularly updated by local experts in the practice group, the online knowledge base aims to provide quick access to developments and events in the sector, as well as comprehensive details of compensation strategies, including cash-compensation and stock-based plans.

  • Barry Hawley-Green, the founder and chairman of the Laserform/LFM group, has become the new chairman of the Legal Software Suppliers Association (LSSA). He replaces Alan Richardson of Norwel, who has stood down after three years in the chair.

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