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LexisNexis unveils Visualfiles 2014

LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions has launched Lexis Visualfiles 2014, the latest release of the company’s legal workflow and case management system. Introducing a contemporary and intuitive Microsoft Office-style user interface, Visualfiles 2014 delivers significant enhancements for improved user experience. This version is also the architectural foundation upon which new functionality will be built to support user experience, management reporting, industry standard development and integration with LexisOne, an enterprise-grade business management system powered by Microsoft Dynamics AX.

LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions has launched Lexis Visualfiles 2014, the latest release of the company’s legal workflow and case management system. Introducing a contemporary and intuitive Microsoft Office-style user interface, Visualfiles 2014 delivers significant enhancements for improved user experience. This version is also the architectural foundation upon which new  functionality will be built to support user experience, management reporting, industry standard development and integration with LexisOne, an enterprise-grade business management system powered by Microsoft Dynamics AX.

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“Visualfiles 2014 marks the next stage in the evolution of this solution,” commented Andy Sparkes, General Manager, LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions. “We are committed to ensuring that Visualfiles continues to lead the way in legal workflow and case management; and always remains a risk-free, intuitive and future-proof platform for customers.”

The familiar Microsoft Office look and feel, along with intuitive system navigation, delivers efficiency and productivity benefits to users. Visualfiles 2014 has been designed to be backwards compatible. This means that customers will be able to upgrade to Visualfiles 2014 without rewriting any of their existing business applications. In addition to all the traditional Visualfiles capabilities, Visualfiles 2014 supports the use of industry standard software development tools (e.g. .NET) to extend its rapid application development capabilities for customers. It also integrates seamlessly with the latest Visualfiles Outlook Plus advanced matter management functionality for Microsoft Office 2013.

COMMENT: Visualfiles 2014 is available on a Progress database for existing users of the software, as well as on a Microsoft SQL Server platform. The big question is: will the new system merely stop to flow of existing Visualfiles users switching to the competition – mainly Eclipse Proclaim? Or, will it win new business from potential LexisOne sites, where the the competition, along with Eclipse, also includes Elite MatterSphere plus new case management offerings this year from Advanced Legal and Aderant?

7 replies on “LexisNexis unveils Visualfiles 2014”

Does the new offering have any functionality to meet the forecasting and on-going monitoring of time that is required for completing Form H? If not, then (IMO) an opportunity missed.

Andrew, functionality for the Precedent H requirements already exists within Visualfiles, it is not dependent on the user interface. The Visualfiles toolkit use of milestones, history categories, activity codes, entities etc can all be used – in conjunction with the functionality available from the linked practice management system.

Nigel,

Excellent response, thanks very much. The “however” is that it is a toolkit, not (unless I have missunderstood) an out the box, “press a button”, here’s a spreadsheet with your Precedent H figures filled in. I don’t want to pollute your post with comments about other products, but there are specific form H solutions out there and I was wondering if you were going head to head with them. So I get a flat pack from you or a ready built from them?

That’s always the challenge Andrew. Do you want something quickly out of the box that works on day 1 and works exactly the same way for everyone else? Or do you want something that might take a little longer to introduce, but will absolutely match your business requirements and can change and evolve as your business does? I like to think that Visualfiles enables a firm’s IP, and that’s what differentiates one law firm from another… ‘how we do law’!

We deliver technology that clients can rapidly develop and that can be extended/changed/enhanced etc without any recourse back to us. A great example is Manchester firm Bott & Co, who, through acquisition, have a number of case management systems, not just Visualfiles. When they saw an opportunity to capture a new line of business – personal aviation claims – they decided that Visualfiles was the only solution that would allow them to go to market quickly and without need to ask the supplier to ‘build something for them (and by default, everyone else)’. Great story, and brilliant success for Bott & Co. Worth reading their publicity on the subject.

I fully accept that not everyone wants such powerful flexibility, and there are a number of systems that will provide excellent solutions out of the box that do a job – just ensure that’s the job you always want it to do!

As someone who has run IT in law firms, my recommendation in selecting legal software is…

(1) know what you want today and throughout the planned life of the system and ensure you ask for it;
(2) work closely with your supplier to ensure a partnership for delivery and beyond;
(3) see it in action elsewhere – we know you’ll be sent to ‘friendly reference sites’ – but see the system you need operating in anger;
(4) try before you buy – get the supplier to put a proof of concept solution in place to prove what the sales people have promised!

Finally, we’re much more than a flat pack provider – that’s probably how most of our competition would describe themselves. Through Visualfiles we offer some ready built stuff, a whole host of flat pack material, BUT ALSO access to the raw materials and machinery that are ready for you to create completely new flat-packs, quickly and without the fuss normally associated with software development.

Wow, sorry for the length of reply, I get passionate about the subject!

Nigel,
Always good to meet someone with a passion for their topic and a comprehensive reply to my question. Looking forward to hearing more about your successes.

Will VisualFiles 2014 move away from Progress completely and be based entirely on SQL back end?

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