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Editor’s foreword

With Elite’s launch this month of its next-generation practice-management system, 3E, there is once again a sense of excitement in the legal-technology space. The technology waters of recent years may not have been as stagnant as some commentators have suggested, but there has definitely been something of a lull following the widespread investment excitement of the late 1990s.

13 April 2006

Once firms realised that they needed to address technology issues if they were to remain competitive, there followed extensive investment, most significantly in best-of-breed systems, such as practice-management (PMS), document-management (DMS), case-management (CMS), knowledge-management (KM) and client-relationship-management (CRM) systems. Consolidation in the solution-provider space saw a few major companies taking centre stage, including Elite, Aderant, Pilgrim, Hummingbird, Interwoven and Interface Software, but the scene then went quiet, as firms looked to get the most out of existing systems, rather than investing in new products.

But Elite’s latest launch puts legal technology back on the debating table. The company’s main competitor, Aderant, had already taken major steps in 2005 to realign its product range and partner with key companies, FWBS for instance, to expand functionalities, and improve integration and workflow capabilities. We then waited fo...

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