During a recent consulting project, I learned that the Environmental Health and Safety function of a company maintains an elaborate database of information about environmental remediation sites. The environmental lawyers of the company can access that information.
In a similar way, employment lawyers can extract information from the databases kept by Human Resources. Real estate lawyers find useful information on the facilities function databases. Intellectual property lawyers might supplement their patent or trademark tracking software with information the marketing function maintains.
You get the point. A matter management system is essential for departments of much size, but there are other corporate databases that can bolster what limited information they store, and without data entry worries. Portal technology offers a way to integrate the various pools of information on corporate law-related databases.