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Asia-Pacific news round-up

For those of you who didn't make the Janders Dean Law Firm KM Conference in Sydney on Thursday (12 August) here is  a round-up of the latest APAC news…

Minter Ellison has deployed the InterAction for Smartphone application from Calvis.  The solution, developed by Calvis, enables fee earners and mobile workers to conveniently access client, prospect and mandate intelligence stored within LexisNexis InterAction via their BlackBerry and iPhone smartphones while out of the office. Walkers, one of the largest offshore law firms with offices in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jersey, London and Singapore, has also implemented the Calvis system.

• Australian law firm Freehills has selected Recommind's MindServer Search to deliver next generation information access across the firm. Based on Recommind's CORE (Context Optimised Relevancy Engine) platform, the MindServer Search deployment will form the backbone of Freehill's knowledge infrastructure.  Implementation of the solution across its network of 2000 lawyers and support staff, will provide Freehills with capabilities to instantly crawl, index and access information from its Autonomy Worksite document management libraries, Microsoft SharePoint, Aderant Expert PMS and additional sources, as well as Matters & Expertise.  Freehills will deploy MindServer Search as the primary search technology making firm information and work product exponentially more usable and actionable across the organisation.

“Our first priority will be to utilise the benefits of MindServer Search across our intranet and knowledge repositories, thereby maximizing the significant investment that we have made to date in these areas,”
said Janet Young, COO/CFO at Freehills. “We believe the ability to find the right information just when you need it is essential for delivering a high quality and timely service to our clients.”

Freehills will also implement Recommind's QwikFind search bar which provides instant access to
MindServer Search from within Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook, Excel) or from the Windows desktop toolbar, negating the need to launch a separate window or application in order to perform a firm-wide search.

• According to a study in ALB Magazine, Aderant remains the legal industry’s top technology vendor in the region, boasting 70%, or 21 of the top 30 firms across Australia and New Zealand. Aderant also represents half of Australia’s ten fastest growing firms and two major firms in Singapore as recently published by ALB. Since December 2009, seven firms across Australasia have selected Aderant Expert. Allens Arthur Robinson recently completed a major migration from Keystone to Aderant Expert. The project was completed on time and under budget in one year and was implemented across the firm’s global network of offices. Aderant has successfully implemented Expert 7.5 in several additional high profile APAC firms, including Slater & Gordon and Rajah & Tann in Singapore.