Open Text, a provider of Enterprise Content Management software and solutions, 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.
The integrated solution is designed to provide complete matter lifecycle management, from matter inception to closure. Firms will be able to manage the intake of new business and potential conflicts of interest, establish "ethical walls" separating client cases, and provide records management and archiving that meets compliance requirements. Working in a matter-centric environment, users will be able to access documents and email in different repositories; perform federated searches across matters; and automatically assign metadata to allow correct classification of documents and pre-population of relevant content--all the information management functionality today's lawyers demand. The single point of content management also means that firms can apply retention schedules across repositories in a consistent and centralized manner.