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Law Firms and 'Enterprise RSS'

Ron Friedmann writes at Strategic Legal Technology about how law firms are using enterprisewide RSS readers to manage and simplify the delivery of information from multiple sources. He focuses on one company, Newsgator, which says that its enterprise-RSS tool is in place at multiple Am Law 200 firms.

Lawyers get their critical updates in one place – Outlook or portal – rather than as a stream of e-mail or print publications. Blackberry delivery is also an option. Newsgator and other enterprise RSS systems let lawyers customize pre-selected practice group info by adding their own "feeds" from their favorite blogs or other sources. Lawyers can also easily share updates with their colleagues, which sure beats penning names on routing slips.

A major advantage of RSS technology, says Friedmann, is that it "does something for lawyers, not to them." It also makes life easier for law firm librarians and CIOs, he says.

Firms can now monitor which sources are used and what lawyers actually read. This provides data to rationalize source selection and allows further customizing content over time. Now, lawyers who yell loudest about favorite publications won’t necessarily get their way.

With budget season at hand, Friedmann recommends, "BigLaw should be considering enterprise RSS solutions for 2007."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on September 27, 2006 at 02:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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