Dutch systems house Epona has just announced DMS4Legal – what  it claims to be “the world’s first document management system for legal professionals powered by Microsoft Sharepoint 2010.” DMS4Legal usesSharePoint as a document and email management system which the company says competes with current industry leaders. (That'll be Open Text and Autonomy iManage then.)

Although there are at least two other products out there making similar claims, Jaap van Vliet says “Epona’s true MAPI integration with Microsoft Outlook further extends DSM4Legal’s capabilities, functioning the way lawyers want it to by supporting drag and drop filing of email messages and auto filing of incoming messages.” He also adds that Epona has MAPI integration and is based on Sharepoint 10 whereas the competitor products are not. “Furthermore we have an integration with Aderant Expert and Elite allowing automated electronic matter creation.”

• In a related development, Epona and and another European systems house Timesoft – have formed a joint venture to operate in the United States. Called Accola, the company is based in Atlanta, GA, and will focus on Aderant Expert PMS implementation projects in small-to-mid-size firms plus Epona’s own ContactManager CRM system.