In today’s legal IT channel news we have Tikit and eBillingHub teaming up to provide ebilling facilities to Carpe Diem users + Tikit and Databarracks teaming up to deliver Backup as a Service to London law firm Teacher Stern + Informance adding an innovative new printing/publishing option for users of the QlikView BI platform + HotDocs winning the international business category at the Scottish Business Awards + Sword and friends holding a seminar on improving legal process in London on 12 June.

eBillingHub, part of Thomson Reuters Elite and the market leader in legal e-billing, today announced it has partnered with Tikit. With this alliance, law firms using both Tikit Carpe Diem and eBillingHub will be able to take advantage of eBillingHub’s client billing guidelines to validate time entries in real time, reducing rejections and accelerating the payment cycle.

“Tikit and eBillingHub share many mutual clients, and this new formal partnership is designed to capitalize on the benefits from both Carpe Diem and eBillingHub solutions,” said Peter Zver, President at Tikit, North America. “Time is a firm’s most important asset, so it is crucial that this integration enables our clients to not only maximize revenue by capturing all billable hours, but also ensure billing compliance in order to accelerate the bill to payment cycle.”

“We are thrilled to establish a formal integration to make the billing process as effortless as possible for our clients,” said Carlos Seoane, general manager of eBillingHub. “By validating all captured time earlier in the billing process, mutual clients of eBillingHub and Carpe Diem are able to produce more compliant electronic bills in a highly efficient manner.”

• Tikit has also joined forces with cloud backup and disaster recovery provider Databarracks to deliver Backup as a Service into commercial law firm Teacher Stern LLP. Established in 1967, Teacher Stern has grown steadily to employ over 100 people. The firm’s IT manager Christine Ardis said “The new solution is much more efficient. Whereas the old software calculated storage based on raw size, not compressed data, Databarracks calculates after compression, so we’ve been able to reduce hundreds of GBs of SQL data down to tens of GBs on Databarracks’ servers. Perhaps most importantly though, it’s intuitive to use; restoring is so much easier now. Where previously we had very little visibility into both the file stores and the restore process, now we have a clear picture of what is where, and how to restore it.”

Informance law firm customers running the QlikView Business Discovery BI platform can now enhance QlikView’s reporting capabilities by deploying an advanced report generation, distribution and scheduling application. Called NPrinting, it can help QlikView users improve their firm’s performance at fee-earner, department and firm level and manage reports for WIP, debt and missing time to keep on top of financial performance. Uses can create pixel perfect reports from QlikView in Microsoft Excel, Word or PowerPoint as well as PDF or HTML.  Reports can be filtered according to the recipient’s needs and delivered automatically by email. Reports can also be saved and published to the firm’s website in just a few clicks to improve business transparency.

Edinburgh-based HotDocs was named International Business of the Year at the 2014 Scottish Business Awards on Monday 12th May. Against fierce competition from six other global companies based in Scotland, HotDocs collected the Royal Bank of Scotland sponsored International Business of the Year award as a result of major overseas growth and the company’s market position within the United States. The event organisers wrote that “HotDocs has grown significantly overseas since 2009 and its automated document generation software is a market leader in 42 countries. Shortlisted for its particular strength in the US marketplace, HotDocs’ software is used by 80% of America’s leading law firms and one fifth of Fortune 500 companies.”

New event: join Sword + K2 + TLT + Carpmaels & Ransford for an interactive seminar on the future of legal process improvement at Microsoft’s London offices 12th June 09:00-12:30 followed by lunch/networking. The event is targeted at law firms and corporate inhouse legal departments. Full agenda and registration details are here: http://content.k2.com/Sword_1400152369966