|The Lexis-Nexis Group has announced a new suite of capabilities in
document management, data extraction, and client relationship management
for its Lexis-Nexis Portal that will further legal professionals' control
of the information and tools they rely on via a single desktop interface.
Lexis-Nexis has also announced an alliance with Interface Software, Inc.,
which will allow legal professionals to gain access to competitive intelligence
The Lexis-Nexis Portal is an enterprisewide solution that's powered
by Plumtree Software. The only portal technology developed exclusively
for law firms, it's an integrated, customized desktop solution that allows
a firm to expand its knowledge management capabilities, broaden its access
to information sources, and increase its productivity, according to the
The Lexis-Nexis Portal is built on the Plumtree Corporate Portal 4.0
platform, which contains a variety of technical innovations, such as communities,
which allow users and administrators to create pages of content and applications
that offer project teams, departments, business units, or companies a space
to share content and collaboration tools. Another feature is the ability
for users to custom-design multiple personal portal pages, called MyPages.
In earlier versions of the Plumtree Corporate Portal, a user could only
design one MyPage. In addition, Plumtree Corporate Portal 4.0 contains
extranet capabilities, which facilitate enrolling new users to access the
portal and view certain portal pages through Plumtree invitations.
"We are pleased by the strong affirmation we have seen for the Lexis-Nexis
Portal among leading legal service providers," said Jeff Pfeifer, vice
president of large law firm marketing for Lexis-Nexis. "The new platform
and information management capabilities we are announcing today will give
legal professionals a new competitive advantage by increasing their responsiveness
to clients and maximizing attorney productivity."
Pfeifer said that Lexis-Nexis is working with industry-leading third
parties to "deeply integrate" new capabilities in areas such as document
management through the use of Plumtree Gadget technology. They include
Lexis-Nexis has already announced an agreement with Elite Information Systems,
Inc. through which Elite will provide time and billing modules for the
The ability to search PC Docs repositories from Lexis-Nexis Portal's MyPage
and establish links to recently edited documents
QuickSift-EDGAR Gadgets, a data-extraction service from Expert Ease Software
that searches and captures critical information from Securities and Exchange
InterAction Gadgets, a relationship intelligence solution for the professional
services industry from Interface Software
According to the announcement, the Lexis-Nexis Portal is part of the
Lexis-Nexis Customized e-Solutions brand, under which the company is marketing
a comprehensive array of tools that deliver must-have information to its
customers' desktops. The company claims that only the Lexis-Nexis Portal
provides a "one-search" capability that lets attorneys simultaneously search
legal resources, Web sites, newsfeeds, and firm documents. In addition,
the company provides a structured taxonomy that enhances and simplifies
navigation across a law firm's primary and secondary research, news, internal
work product, and Web data.
Interface Software Alliance
Through this relationship, legal professionals will have direct access
to competitive intelligence information from InterAction, Interface Software's
relationship intelligence solution, via InterAction Gadgets placed on the
Lexis-Nexis Portal. The agreement is effective immediately.
"InterAction Gadgets are a strong fit for the Lexis-Nexis Portal," said
Pfeifer. "This agreement is consistent with the focus of both of our companies
on providing up-to-the minute, high-end information. Together, we can empower
professionals to access and leverage information that is critical for success
in today's competitive professional services marketplace."
Interface Software's InterAction aggregates and delivers relationship
intelligence—competitive intelligence about clients, contacts, companies,
relationships, internal experience, and expertise that professional services
firms leverage to cultivate stronger client relationships, cross-sell services,
strengthen client-development initiatives, and enhance client service.
Mitchell Grossbach, Interface Software's vice president of business development,
said: "Lexis-Nexis has a long-standing reputation for providing professionals
with critical information they need to conduct business. Likewise, professionals
depend on the relationship intelligence that InterAction delivers. Through
this alliance, professionals can easily access valuable relationship intelligence
right from their familiar portal environment."
Source: Lexis-Nexis Group, Dayton, OH, 800/227-9597, 937/865-6800; http://www.lexis-nexis.com.