Coinciding with its ILUA users association annual conference taking place today and tomorrow in the East Midlands, IRIS Legal Solutions has released more details about its product strategy roadmap. The key points are…

• The company has resolved the issues with both the ILB (IRIS Law Business – the old Mountain system) and the ILE (IRIS Law Enterprise – the old Videss enterprise) products – and has now restarted migrations to ILE. IRIS is now quoting Gepps, James Legal, Morrish, FBC and Pitmans as ILE reference sites.

• Plans to make ILE a hybrid Progress-embedded-within-Microsoft SQL Server type product* have been dropped and instead ILE will be an exclusively Progress-based platform, while simultaneously ILB has benefited from improvements in its architecture to make it scalable to a larger size of firm than Mountain typically catered for. The net result is that IRIS is effectively offering ILB as its SQL Server solution to firms of all size, including – presumably – the old AIM user base. (*Interestingly LexisNexis took the same decision with its Visualfiles Manila-now-Streamline product and abandoned a Progress+SQL mix for all SQL Server.)

• IRIS has also launched IRIS Law Analytics this week – the first of a series of new IRIS Law modules that will run on both the ILE/Progress and ILB/SQL platforms. Analytics, as the name implies, is a new management information/KPI reporting application.

• Support for existing AIM and Videss users (ie those unsure whether to opt for ILE or ILB) has been extended until “at least” December 2012, to allow them more time to move, as they respond to the recession.

• Although outside the current roadmap, the old Opsis and AlphaLaw businesses remain operating independently with their current product portfolio – and in fact the AlphaLaw debt recovery product is now being cross-sold into the main IRIS user base.

Here's the roadmap in full…








In April 2008, we announced our vision for IRIS Legal and
the commitment of a multi-million pound investment to deliver that vision. Here
are the Top 7 major advances we have made:

1.            We
are now restarting migrations to ILE (Progress)

·      
The majority of the backlog of early adopters have
now been migrated.

·      
We have some good reference sites (Gepps, James
Legal, Morrish, FBC, Pitmans).

·      
The key stability & functionality issues in
earlier releases have been addressed.

2.            ILE
releases are now being consistently delivered on time

·      
Version 1.9 on track for 9th October
2009 release to customers.

·      
Shorter release cycles mean improved
functionality delivered faster.

·      
Roadmap is available so customers can be
confident of future deliveries.

3.            Extensive
feedback from customers has been built into Roadmaps

·      
Customer requirements and priorities have been
included in product plans

·      
Extension of support to at least December
2012 for AIM and Videss clients to allow more time to move, as they respond to
the recession.

4.           
New functionality is already delivering the IRIS
Legal vision

·      
IRIS Law Analytics (phase 1) – Early Adopter –
Oct, General Availability – Nov

i)     
Realisation of first stage of IRIS Vision –
works with ILE & ILB

ii)    
Provides Key Performance Indicator (KPI)
dashboard – reflects market needs in a challenging economic environment

·      
Web enablement.  Fee Earners Desktop will be available for ILB and we are
investigating options for ILE

5.            Customer
choice – Progress or SQL?

·      
Whilst we remain committed to ILE on Progress for
many of our Enterprise customers, other customers have requested an MS SQL
solution.

·      
As an update to the product strategy published
last year, our intention is to make both Progress and MS SQL platforms
available to firms of all sizes and specialism.

·      
An accelerated Road Map is being delivered to
provide IRIS Law Enterprise for SQL customers by enhancing IRIS Law Business
(“ILB”) to deliver enterprise functionality.

6.            So
how have we enhanced ILB?

·      
Improvements to architecture to allow
scalability and easier integration with 3rd
party products to
deliver benefits to larger firms including the provision of browser
capabilities for end users.

·      
Roadmap of functionality typically required by
larger firms including Credit Control, document bundling, digital dictation
integration and enhanced Laserform integration.

·      
Roadmap plans to include graphical customisable
workflows suitable for Enterprise firms using the latest Microsoft workflow
technology.

·      
Close working relationship with Microsoft as a
Gold Partner.

7.            How
are we improving migrations?

·      
Investment in tooling developed with “enterprise
data transformation” experts Transoft – who are part of the IRIS Group. 

·      
Tooling will facilitate easier and more cost
effective migrations for customers

·      
Dedicated Product Management – Chris Doran