How to pick legal document management software

How to pick legal document management software

May 29, 2009:Workshare has made available two new legal document management guides on its Web site by collaboration expert Mike Osterman.

A Guide to Managing Documents in Today’s Law Firms and A Guide to Document Comparison and Security For Corporate Legal review the key challenges legal professionals encounter when exchanging documents and managing document review cycles.

Today’s law firms and corporate legal teams need technology to help them deal with legal documents that are created, revised and reviewed on desktop computers, and on the go with laptops and mobile devices such as the BlackBerry.

As part of the review cycle these documents are shared with others, who then make modifications and forward them to additional interested parties, who further revise them and circulate them again to even more people. The end result is a mish-mash of document management practices, version control problems, lost productivity, and higher costs.

“Understanding the challenges and how technology can improve collaboration on high value documents often exchanged by legal teams is critical,” said Mike Osterman, founder of Osterman Research. “These guides are intended to help corporate counsel, lawyers, IT professionals, and senior management, understand the key issues with legal document collaboration and how to find solutions that solve those challenges.”

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