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News: Book writing, the wiki way

Lawyer and blogger Justin Patten, a specialist in technology and social media, is harnessing the power of social software to assist in the authoring stages of a new book, Blogging and Other Social Media: Technology and Law. It will be among the first to be released through an ‘old media’ publisher with the aid of new media technologies.

News: CMS Watch looks to future

CMS Watch has seen in the new year by releasing its 12 predictions for the content-management market in 2007 with a warning: not much is likely to happen. “We expect to see more incremental changes, rather than epochal shifts. Despite all the industry mergers, new product versions and the ceaseless march of acronyms, the content technology industry does not, in fact, move very fast,” say the analysts at CMS Watch.

News: Eclipse to unveil latest Proclaim system

Case-management software vendor Eclipse Legal Systems is set to launch the latest incarnation of its Proclaim system in February. Version three of the software has been re-engineered to include a new user interface and web-services compatibility as standard.

Special focus: Effective integration matters

The idea behind matter-centric practice-automation solutions is deceptively simple: create a centralised repository of all information related to a particular matter and make that information readily available to authorised users. By Bryan Roberts, vice president of international sales, Aderant

Preparing for the worst

With security incidents and technology failures increasingly hitting the headlines, the corporate value of a dependable disaster recovery and business-continuity plan should be clear.

Trend tracker: Digital dictation

When the idea of implementing a digital-dictation system was raised at Barrett & Thompson, Slough’s oldest established firm of high-street solicitors, not everyone at the firm backed the plan.

Special focus: Business process management

Increasing competition means that firms must increase partner productivity and leverage technology to deliver greater client satisfaction. The IT department is being given an increasingly strategic position within the firm as new initiatives aimed at improved client responsiveness, cost control, knowledge management, risk mitigation and information transparency drive process focus.

Editor’s foreword

In a renewed spring effort to get out and about, I recently attended the International Legal Technology Association’s (ILTA) inaugural UK event for law-firm IT professionals.