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Does Your Law Department Use Matter-Management Software?
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Few would dispute that for law departments of much size, it is a sound practice to make effective use of matter-management software (MMS). That genre of software is the most tailored for law departments and, other than company standard software, is likely to be the most widely installed. Essentially a highly specialized database system, MMS tracks information about matters handled and the fees of outside counsel. Stocked with many fields and functions, able to search and calculate, often integrated with other corporate systems, MMS stores and reports much of what takes place in a legal department's work. MMS is key to evidence-based decisions.

 
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Business Intelligence and Legal Matter Management
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In 1958, IBM’s Hans Peter Luhn defined “business intelligence” as “the ability to apprehend the interrelationships of presented facts in such a way as to guide action toward a desired goal.” Hans P. Luhn, A Business Intelligence System (IBM Journal Oct. 1958). In order to realize strategic goals, legal departments and law firms must have real-time access to business intelligence (“BI”) that is actionable intelligence by virtue of its basis in structural and consistent data integrity.

 
Did You Buy the Wrong Case Management System Software?
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Law firms often underestimate what it takes to implement a computerized case management system (CMS). There is a significant investment in dollars and time required. If properly implemented, the payback and return on investment can be enormous. However, not all firms are successful in their CMS implementations. What do you do if, for some reason or another, the system doesn’t seem to be a match for your firm? It could be a variety of reasons, but have you exhausted all your resources before you make a decision to trash the system? The purpose of this article is to help you explore some of the reasons why you and your CMS may not play well together and to try to help you determine the right path to follow.