Here's a diary date for next year: Lewis Silkin and Sword will be launching their new Microsoft Sharepoint-based document management system on Thursday 13 January at the firm's Chancery Lane offices. Strictly invitation only but if you contact Terry Coyne at Sword – terry.coyne@sword-ecm.com – he may be able to accommodate you.

Comment: As the new Sword product is called Excalibur, we're not sure if the launch will involve Jan Durant, clad in white samite emerging from a lake clutching a copy of the source-code on a CD (read your Arthurian legends) but we know everyone attending will get the point of this cutting edge technology and chance to evaluate whether it will cut a swathe through the DMS competition. The event starts at 4:00pm sharp. (That's enough sword puns …Ed)