Clifford Chance and Microsoft plan new dawn for legal market IT

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  • Must be the future. DM systems suck

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  • This potentially signals a significant point in the nature of law firm technology systems, from something that is designed to be best of breed like Open Text to something more reliant on everyday technology. There is going to be a bloodbath.

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  • If a law firm was setting up today would it use Microsoft products? Probably yes.

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  • There's a better route, which is for the legal community to develop solutions based on open source. This would give law firms a lower cost (and in some cases completely free) software base, and avoid lock-in to a particular vendor. There are some other ways open source methods could help such as the development of a common legal taxonomy, which I wrote about here:
    http://www.flax.co.uk/blog/2010/11/11/legal-search-is-broken-can-it-be-fixed-with-open-source-taxonomies/

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  • Computing power isn't there yet but over the next decade (if computers continue to double in power roughtly every 18 months, and they will) we will approach the point where the vast majority of work currently done by qualified lawyers, let alone trainees and paralegals, can be automated.

    In 20 years time the idea of an intelligent person spending 10+ hours a day staring at a screen producing documents will be arcane.

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  • Why would someone buy a product from MCS UK who would not enhance it, maintain it, etc?

    They are a services business, not a software business. Saying this is "Microsoft" is over stating it. Microsoft is a platform company.

    Great idea by MCS, but customers will very quickly see through it and support traditional ISV partners instead.

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  • Anonymous | 17-Jan-2011 1:32 pm
    Richard? Richard Suskind? Is that you?
    Never going to happen.

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  • Interesting to see an advocate for open source - for which support is the achilles heel - and this post about MCS opining about the perceived lack of support all in the same thread of comments.
    Don't you suppose that the MCS IP will be baked into future Sharepoint releases so that the services support perspective here will be moot? Why else would Microsoft subsidize this development work?

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  • What are you all talking about? I understand the issue about support as regards ISV partners and baking into Sharepoint releases. But what does this mean for my Amstrad? Will I have to buy one of those "mouse" things?

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  • Open text and iManage will soon be like Word Perfect and Lotus Notes. Once thought indispensible, soon no-one over a certain age will even remember why they mattered

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