Open Text Solutions Help Law Firms Boost Productivity, Lower Costs and Enhance Regulatory Compliance



    
    Firms Turn to Integrated Open Text ECM Offering to Stay Competitive in
    Tough Global Business Environment
    

    LEGAL TECH NEW YORK, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - The global recession has hit home in
the legal industry, leading to cost-cutting measures like pay cuts and
layoffs. For many firms, another answer is to turn to technology solutions
such as those from Open Text(TM) (NASDAQ:   OTEX, TSX: OTC), a global leader in
Enterprise Content Management (ECM), that can help law firms streamline
administrative functions, ensure compliance, reduce malpractice risks and,
most importantly, improve productivity and increase billable hours.
    Among the firms turning to Open Text is Dirkzwager, a 270-person law firm
based in the Netherlands, which has selected Open Text Legal Information
Management for Microsoft(R) SharePoint(R) to bring a matter-centric view to
its existing SharePoint installation. The firm anticipates this will allow
attorneys and staff to work in the familiar SharePoint Server 2007 environment
while managing client matters according to strict business processes. The firm
also plans to integrate the solution with its financial systems to give
at-a-glance views to such financial data as outstanding invoices and
profitability.
    "Open Text clearly understands the business requirements of law firms and
has translated that expertise into a SharePoint solution that reflects the way
we operate," said Jeroen Zweers, Manager IT and Internal Services at
Dirkzwager. "We anticipate that when this solution is fully deployed across
our offices later this year it will greatly improve the productivity of our
lawyers, extend collaboration, and provide better document controls and
processes."
    One of the more difficult challenges facing law firms today is how to
make the most of email as a communication tool and still meet compliance
policy requirements. Time-consuming email filing tasks, for example, are
difficult to impossible to deploy on a firm-wide basis. That's why the
automatic filing capabilities of the Open Text eDOCS email filing solution was
so appealing to Keker & Van Nest LLP.
    "We selected Open Text for email filing because we wanted to be sure that
we were meeting the requirements of our firm's compliance policy," said Steven
McCue of Keker & Van Nest LLP. "Using the email auto filer from Open Text,
attorneys will be able to file emails into Outlook folders just like they
always have and emails will be "magically" filed in the document management
system under the correct case. This not only ensures compliance, but boosts
productivity since attorneys can see at a glance that a message has already
been filed and retrieve it quickly as needed. One of the major reasons that we
have selected this product is to better enable us to search for emails after
the fact and to eliminate PST file management issues."
    Keker & Van Nest LLP will also be implementing Open Text's email bulk
filing module that files emails in the background on a server, rather than on
attorneys' laptops or workstations. Instead of having to wait for several
hundred emails to load into the document management system, attorneys can
return to working on case-related tasks immediately. The firm will be using
the email filing assistant module for attorneys who want more control but
still need the help of a suggested filing location. This module will also
allow secretaries to file email efficiently to a case location based on where
related emails have been filed in the past.
    Open Text is a leading global provider of ECM solutions for law firms,
with a full range of solutions and legal industry expertise to support law
firms' business practices and proactive compliance needs throughout the matter
lifecycle - from client intake through to final disposition. Currently, 70
percent of the AmLaw 100 firms are using Open Text's content management
solutions.
    For more information on Open Text's legal market solutions, go to:
http://www.opentext.com/2/global/sol-industry/sol-ind-legal.htm
    At LegalTech 2009 this week, Open Text delivered a Super Session on
February 3, 2009 and is offering demonstrations of it full range of legal
industry solutions in the Open Text booth, No. 2306.

    About Open Text

    Open Text, an enterprise software company and leader in enterprise
content management, helps organizations manage and gain the true value of
their business content. Open Text brings two decades of expertise supporting
50 million users in 114 countries. Working with our customers and partners, we
bring together leading Content Experts(TM) to help organizations capture and
preserve corporate memory, increase brand equity, automate processes, mitigate
risk, manage compliance and improve competitiveness. For more information,
visit www.opentext.com.

    
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For further information: Richard Maganini, Open Text Corporation, (847)
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