SharePoint and XMLaw

I am always leery of using SLAW to mention the services or product of a particular company, but I have been impressed with the earnestness at which XMLaw focuses on delivering practical solutions for law firms in delivering Intranet solutions to their users using the SharePoint platform (I am currently attending a conference they are sponsoring in Boston for their [primarily) law firm customers; my positive comments on their company have nothing to do with the boat tour of Boston Harbour and the open bar they just sponsored . . . .).

They seem to “get it” by their focus on an “attorney-centric” and “client-centric” approach to knowledge sharing. I am not the first person to notice this (see here for an example for an overview of XMLaw by Doug Cornelius at KM Space). Admittedly, SharePoint is not the perfect product but XMLaw have developed modules or templates in the SharePoint environment that allow lawyers to easily browse or search across their enterprise for content, models and precedents, research, etc.

Two of their customers – Faegre & Benson LLP and Torys LLP – provided short “case studies” of how they have successfully implemented SharePoint / XMLaw solutions. The soon to be launched XMLaw “One View” software will simplify the way by which law firms can build web connectors and “tweak” SharePoint to capture and search knowledge content from disparate databases from inside (and even outside) of the law firm. Since actions speak louder than words, it is comforting to know that many of their customers have successfully implemented intranets using their software and services.

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