Real Improvements in Efficiency and Communication
The technologies discussed on this page may not yet be considered essential
for every department,
but they are essential if we are to make real improvements in the way corporate
legal departments operate. As always, think simplification and integration. You
don't want to have more devices to carry and more programs to learn. The best
devices and the best programs perform more than one function and work seamlessly with the other applications in
your office. All this is leading to improved Knowledge
- You need to be able to provide your company's employees, wherever they are
located, with information,
resources, and training.
- Virtual deal rooms, virtual litigation repositories, and more, can
improve communication and efficiency. The best practice management
systems will allow you to set up extranets from within the system, thereby
having the information integrated with your other systems rather than
residing in a separate system.
In-Box - All your communications (email, voice mail, fax, etc.)
available in one place. Ideally, this would be integrated with your overall
practice management system.
Paperless Office - To make everything work together, you really need to
go paperless, to the extent possible.
Secretary Function - Ideally, this will be integrated with your practice
Advanced Document Technologies -
Document-intensive practices may benefit from some additional
document-specific programs, such as automatic
redlining and automatic
Billing - Nobody likes dealing with bills. You can waste a lot of time
dealing with paper statements from your law firms. Implemented properly,
electronic billing should simplify and streamline your billing approval and
payment processes, get real-time cost information into your practice
management system, improve relations with outside counsel, and allow you to
generate useful management reports.
The Ultimate System
Last updated: 04/13/01