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Aderant is the lead story in the April edition of the Insider

The April issue of the UK & EMEA edition of Legal Technology Insider newsletter is out now. The digital edition went out about 15 minutes ago and the print edition should be landing on desktops anytime now. The top story is a report on Aderant and the fact the company is poised to become the vendor of choice for larger law firms…

“Although reports suggest Elite is still on track for the 3E implementation at Allen & Overy to go live by the end of May, the big buzz coming out of last week’s Momentum conference in Miami Beach is Aderant has reached the tipping point and is set to become the vendor of choice for larger law firms. There are a raft of upgrades and new orders waiting to be announced, and there are also some interesting new product positioning initiatives waiting in the wings. But, what else was new?

“The new Windows Workflow Foundation-based workflow capabilities within Aderant Expert are being greeted with enthusiasm, with some firms already achieving more with Windows Workflow than they previously managed with 3rd party platforms, such as Metastorm. In fact the workflow message is sinking home to such an extent that in one session, a delegate had what can only be described as a Meg Ryan When Harry met Sally moment. Readers will be amused to hear US firms dealing with workflow for the first time are encountering the same problems (project creep, managing expectations etc ) UK firms encountered in the early days of case management systems project implementation.

“The conference also saw further amplification and explanation of Aderant’s overall product strategy. Essentially, Golden Gate is an ‘iceberg’ or enabling platform that sits on top of the current Expert 7.5 release to allow users to take advantage of next generation tools and applications now on their current infrastructure. Next comes Titan (in effect Expert 8.0), which will bring with it a whole new family of optional workflow enabled applications – but which will still co-exist with existing applications and the underlying data schema. The overall intention, according to CEO Michael Kohlsdorf, is to create a framework that allows users to move forward, based on what their needs are – but without having to reinvest in or implement a whole new system, in the style of 3E or Axxia DNA. In terms of product release dates, we can expect an SP2 of Aderant Expert 7.5 later this summer, with a service pack for Golden Gate early next year and the launch of Titan by late 2010.

“Turning to the longer term, Aderant is researching a number of areas including: virtualisation, Sharepoint, cloud computing, .Net 4.0, data mining, touch surface computing (think the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report) and the Apple iPhone. In fact it was noticeable at the conference just how many people now use the iPhone although most of them also still carry a Blackberry.”

• For the record, although total delegate numbers were down, the number of firms sending representatives was up by about 10%. Aderant also retain their reputation for throwing the best user conference parties although the refrain this year was very much “This is a lot better than the zoo!”

Here's Insider editor Charles Christian hard at work conducting research on behalf of readers + a link to a few more pix to prove the old adage that if you can remember the details of a good party, you can't have been there.