OK, here's the inside skinny from the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club (aka a golf club on a ring road outside Coventry) where this year's LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions (aka Axxia, Visualfiles, Redwood and Interaction) user group conference is taking place…

Leaving aside the fact there is no trouser press in my room (tho apparently they only work on checked golfing trousers – we know, how can golf call itself a sport when its done in knitwear) this has been an exceptionally well run event (day 2 is tomorrow) with tonight's gala dinner including the comedian Marcus Brigstock on excellent good form as the after-dinner entertainment and Orange Rag editor Charles Christian* on so-so form as the MC for the awards ceremony (he only used the 'c' word once – inadvertently we should add).

There will be a full report on the progress of the LexisNexis ERP product in the next issue of Legal Technology Insider newsletter – all you need to know for the moment is the system is still on schedule. In the meantime – and on a lighter note – here are the winners of LexisNexis Vision:2011 Awards:

Brodies LLP won the Financial Strategy Award for their use of Redwood in business intelligence (BI) projects.

Hugh James won the Innovation Award for their use of the Streamline product in case and matter management projects.

• The Business Development Project of the Year Award went to Field Fisher Waterhouse for their use of InterAction.

Sarah Blair of Thorntons Law LLP won the IT Strategist of the Year Award.

Christine Gardener of Warwickshire County Council won the IT Achiever of the Year Award.

• And the IT Team of the Year Award went to Salans LLP for their global rollout of InterAction and its integration with the firm's practice management system.


* Charles Christian's head is bigger than usual tonight as one of his quotes – that “in the future legal IT will be like Blackpool Rock, it will have Microsoft running all the way through it” – was likened to being on a par with quotes by John F Kennedy and Isaac Newton. (Yeah, right …CC)