At today's UK user conference LexisNexis announced the launch of LexisNexis Streamline – which the company describes as “an innovative next
generation business process management platform, tailored specifically to the
needs of the legal industry”. Streamline also provides
a systems integration toolkit including pre-built adapters for best-of-breed third-party
applications, flexible workflow, enterprise data modelling and innovative document
assembly capabilities, all underpinned by the latest Microsoft technologies, in
a single platform.


Mishcon de Reya Solicitors is currently rolling out Streamline as part of a larger technology
consolidation and re-engineering programme. The firm is creating an
enterprise-wide workflow-based platform encompassing all legal and business
processes to maximise efficiency gains. The Orange Rag understands that LexisNexis is currently in negotiations with two more top 100 UK firms.


Commenting on his firm’s plans and LexisNexis Streamline,
Nick Taylor-Delahoy, Director of IT at Mishcon de Reya said “We are committed to eliminating inefficiencies and making
full use of our current technology to prepare for the upturn in the
economy.  We want to provide the
best possible service to our clients and LexisNexis Streamline is the
technology solution which makes this possible. We were particularly impressed
by the open nature of the development tools, meaning our internal IT team could
be up and running almost immediately. 
LexisNexis Streamline has ensured that we have the ability to ‘do more
with less’, without duplicating data or purchasing additional large IT assets.”


The Toolkit component of LexisNexis Streamline offers firms rapid new
application development and deployment capabilities, allowing them to evolve
their IT strategy quickly to meet the changing needs of the business. Firms
looking to create bespoke point solutions do not need to build from scratch.
The platform is based on industry standard Microsoft .NET technologies such as
Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, VisualStudio,
Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint, offering firms an open and familiar
development environment. Using ready built Legal Frameworks within the
platform, developers can produce solutions quickly and easily. Because the data
integration adaptors are pre-built for best of breed legal applications, these
new solutions are easily integrated without disrupting the core applications.

Comment: The announcement also suggests the start of a rebranding exercise as all the references are to LexisNexis and Streamline, with the old Visualfiles now dropped from the picture.