Rees Morrison Morsels #39 – additions to previous posts

More vendors on in the regulatory compliance and records management niches. From CanadianLawyer InHouse, Vol. 1, April 2006 at 17, lists INSIDERdirect and Smart Link (from Bridgeway), RecordsManager (from Interwoven) and Board of Directors Portal (from OnX Enterprise Solutions). I have added other comments in this evolving area (See my posts of Aug. 9, 2006 on corporate secretary and board software; Feb. 14, 2007 about this cottage industry; July 19, 2006 on software to communicate with the Board; and Jan. 24, 2006 on specialized software for corporate secretaries.).

Law department intranet site (Honeywell). Corp. Counsel, Vol. 13, Dec. 2006 at 90 mentions that Honeywell’s legal Web site gets 320,000 hits per year. Among its tools are “contract forms, document repositories, patents, trademarks and all of the company’s executed contracts.” It also has a tool that allows engineers to easily input details of their inventions, which has been given credit for a 67 percent increase in the company’s patent applications from 2002 to 2005 (See my post of June 6, 2006 on the Honeywell law department’s productivity gains; and Dec. 21, 2005 with my doubts about the efficacy of intranets in law departments.).

Some law firms may use automated proposal generators. There are software packages that streamline the process of answering requests for proposal. Among them are Proposal Master and RFPMaster from the Sant Corp. and Proposal Generator by Thompson Elite’s Hubbard One (Law Tech. News, Feb. 5, 2007 by Timothy Wilson) (See my post of Feb. 6, 2007 on the weights given to components of proposals.). [Note, I am an employee of Thompson]

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