Open Text, the largest independent provider of Enterprise Content Management software and solutions, today announced plans for an integrated solution with Microsoft software for matter lifecycle management and practice support targeted to law firms worldwide.
The new solution will combine Open Text's specialized legal industry expertise in matter lifecycle management and proactive compliance, with the collaboration and document management capabilities of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Open Text announced the news today at the International Legal Technology Association's annual conference underway this week in Orlando, FL.
The companies' plans are aimed at an industry where ECM needs are growing fast. Law firms have unique requirements when it comes to controlling and managing sensitive client information, and addressing firm policies. Attorneys and staff must be able to work with content in matter-centric or practice-centric views using secure "virtual cabinets", and all information, including email, must be managed through defined lifecycles. Adding to the complexity, law firms have become increasingly global, with geographically dispersed teams that need global views of information and powerful collaboration tools.