Extranets may be common but unremarked

I thought that extranets maintained by law firms have been much sound but little fury (See my posts of Aug. 27, 2005; Oct. 21, 2005; and Feb. 12, 2006 – all dubious about the value and popularity of extranets.). Then I read about Foley & Lardner in Law Firm Inc., Sept./Oct. 2006 at 53.

Foley “has more than 400 active extranets.” The article adds no details, but the sheer number of them at this AmLaw 200 firm — far from the largest, suggests that I may have under-estimated the proliferation of extranets.

The article adds a fillip: “The IT department [of Foley & Lardner] also has a client consultant on staff who can make clients aware of the firm’s technology and assist them in using it.” That is an excellent resource and probably one reason why the Milwaukee-based firm has hundreds of extranets running.

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