Welcome to the latest issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter (May 2015 #283)


Philips has an insanely great idea for putting digital dictation in the cloud – and making it attractive!
Speech Processing Solutions, the company behind the Philips brand of digital recording devices, has just launched a new service – called SpeechLive – that aims to make digital dictation and transcription a Cloud-based, commodity-priced solution. The service is device and platform independent – and its pricing – which is a fraction of that being charged by other service providers – looks like being both attractive and disruptive. We’ll be testing the service next month.

Who’s in & Who’s out – all the latest wins & deals
All this month’s wins, deals, swapouts & rollouts in the UK, North American, EMEA and APAC sectors including: another law firm swapping out HP WorkSite in favour of NetDocuments in the cloud + Hill Dickinson & Slicedbread working on a Microsoft Office 365-based external collaboration platform (hmm… interesting) + PitchPerfect (no, the new business pitch/RFI document creation system, not the movie) gets its first US win at Baker Botts.

People & Places – who has gone where?
All change at Aderant EMEA as Jacqui de Gernier leaves the London office to become the regional sales VP for esignature specialists DocuSign + Greg Widisen moves in as the international managing director at the highly rated Neota Logic + the highly rated Tim Hyman leaves Reed Smith to become the new CMO at Enable PLC + ediscovery vendor Hobs Legal Docs changes its name to Anexsys.

The Inside Legal IT show review
We have a review of some of the highlights and new product launches at last week’s Inside Legal IT expo in London, including a look at new launches from Millnet, SDLT, Slicedbread, Tikit, Brainloop and the show-stoping Applied Cognitive Engine from RAVN, which brings artificial intelligence to legal document content summarisation. We have an interview with RAVN’s managing director Peter Wallqvist coming soon on our Talking Tech video channel. Oh yes, and did we mention Inside Legal IT is being described as throwing the best after-show party the UK legal IT market has ever seen?

The Insider Top 200 Chart – Case & Workflow
In the second part of our review of the Insider UK Top 200 Chart, we look at the changing fortunes of the players in the BPM, case and workflow management space. What will replace OpenText BPS/Metastorm – or are users just going to hang on forever? And where will Elite Envision users go when the system (previously known as Pilgrim LawSoft) is end-of-lifed?

Timekeeping competition hots up
Our report on the standings in the Time Recording & Timekeeping section on the Insider Top 200 chart certainly prompted everyone to try harder. Intapp is now back at #1 with 31 UK firms to its name, followed by Rekoop in 28 and Tikit Carpe Diem in 27 firms.

Quote, Unquote
“No software vendor with a traditional, inhouse installed systems model has ever successfully made the transition to an SaaS, cloud model…” – CEO of a UK private equity group

Quite Interesting Fact
Finally, a quite interesting fact, courtesy of Brainloop: The average FTSE 250 company spends over £40,000 a year just developing and distributing “board books” in advance of board meetings. This equates to 71 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets or one year’s supply of Starbucks coffee for 80 members of staff.

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