Last year it was all about Elite buying up other legal IT vendors, this year looks like being all about Elite winning orders. Following hard on the heels of Tuesday’s Elite 3E win at 150 timekeeper Bates White in Washington DC, today Elite has announced two big upgrades from Elite Enterprise to Elite 3E.

Baker Hostetler, an AmLaw 100 law firm with more than 800 attorneys and 11 offices, is upgrading from Enterprise to 3E because the firm is impressed with 3E’s superior financial management innovations that will facilitate better financial reporting and measurement as well as improve internal processes. The firm also anticipates that 3E will improve profitability by helping it better manage alternative fee arrangements with clients.

In addition, the 3E iPad application will support Baker Hostetler’s mobility strategy, which will allow its lawyers to access key data, including client and matter info, time entry, and proforma review and markup. Firm management can access comprehensive firm-level key performance indicators, such as productivity, firm profitability, and accounts receivable on the iPad, iPhone and Blackberry.

“As the firm has continued to grow, we could no longer deny the many benefits of moving from Enterprise to 3E, especially if we wanted to maintain a competitive edge, says the firm’s CIO Bob Craig. “We are particularly excited about using the 3E iPad app as we have aggressive plans to equip our lawyers with these devices. With more information at their fingertips, our attorneys can provide better legal counsel and client service.”

And, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP (with 600+ lawyers in 10 offices, the largest US firm devoted solely to business litigation) has made the decision to move from Enterprise to 3E in order to enhance its business operations and position the firm for long-term growth. The fast growing firm will deploy 3E, as well as the Conflicts module, New Business Intake workflow and image capabilities using Image Connect.

“After careful evaluation, we selected 3E to take advantage of its many operational improvements, such as more flexible and powerful rate management, and sophisticated international capabilities,” said Jackie Toth, the firm’s CFO. “We also feel 3E is the best option for us to maintain a lean and efficient organization, while also providing a robust platform that will enable us to open new international offices much more smoothly and make it easier to ensure international compliance.”