Again a strong confirmation of the presence of SharePoint in the market and the fact that there is a very benefitial business model for both the ISV and Microsoft in a given market …
… Open Text™ (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC), the largest independent provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) 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 (ILTA) 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.
Working with Microsoft, Open Text is well suited to address the evolving needs of the legal market. SharePoint Server 2007 is popular in law firms, providing broadly used intranet, extranet and collaboration capabilities, while Open Text offers extensive legal market expertise and ECM solutions tailored to specific law firm processes. With the new solution, law firms gain greater value from their SharePoint Server 2007 investments. SharePoint Server 2007 can become the firm’s central content repository, and attorneys and staff can continue to work in their familiar SharePoint Server 2007 environments while still leveraging Open Text’s matter and practice-centric views of content, virtual file cabinets and seamless integration with firm processes – a “best-of-both-worlds” scenario. …
Source: Open Text Extends Alliance With Microsoft, Announces New Comprehensive Solution for Law Firms
Author: Open Text Corporation
Date originally published: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 14:15:00 GMT