Friday, February 24, 2006

Lexis Nexis and NetDocuments - Hosted Document, Email and Records Management Services

LexisNexis and NetDocuments Join Forces to Offer Hosted Document, Email and Records Management Services to the Legal Market

LexisNexis U.S. announced an alliance with NetDocuments, a hosted document services provider, to exclusively offer the NetDocuments service to its law firm and corporate legal customers as a new component of LexisNexis(R) Managed Network Services. LexisNexis is a leading provider of information and services solutions.

The LexisNexis alliance with NetDocuments is the most recent addition to the LexisNexis collection of practice management products and services, and further supports the LexisNexis Total Practice Solutions strategy. Total Practice Solutions help legal professionals achieve excellence in both the business and practice of law by providing better tools to increase productivity, profitability and growth. LexisNexis offerings are designed for the way legal professionals work, in all of the areas essential to their success, including Client Development, Research Solutions, Practice Management and Litigation Services.

The alliance will facilitate deep integration between NetDocuments' innovative document management capabilities and other LexisNexis solutions, including LexisNexis(R) Total Search. LexisNexis Total Search, the award-winning integrated search tool designed to make practitioners more efficient and effective, applies the precision of LexisNexis searching capabilities and the exclusive authority of Shepard's(R) Citations Service to a law firm's internal document collections with deep links back to the LexisNexis(R) services.

Today's announcement includes several additional law firms who have committed to the NetDocuments(R) service, including Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP, and Armstrong Allen, PLLC. These firms will migrate their existing document management environment to the LexisNexis hosted NetDocuments service and join existing NetDocuments customers, such as Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, and Kutak Rock LLP.

Designed and developed as an on-demand document service for the Web, the NetDocuments service is the first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering for documents. The alliance between LexisNexis and NetDocuments will offer law firms of all sizes a fully-featured document and email management service with built-in extranet capability, disaster recovery, archival and records management services. The NetDocuments' patented and scalable technology provides a centralized repository for documents, emails and records where law firms can have a single-repository "one firm view" across geographically dispersed offices and access information from any Internet-connected device, including Blackberry(R) and Outlook(R).

Managed from two redundant world-class hosting data centers, including the LexisNexis data centers, the NetDocuments SaaS model delivers enhancements to customers faster, is more reliable than traditional software, reduces ownership costs, includes business continuity, provides automatic backups and redundancy, and eliminates the need for product upgrades and maintenance rollouts.

Curt Meltzer, CIO of multinational Dorsey & Whitney, states, "It is gratifying to see NetDocuments and the SaaS model recognized by LexisNexis and other law firms as the technology leader in document management services. In the three plus years of using NetDocuments, we are very pleased with its functionality and overall value that it provides a firm of our size."

Jamie Booth, CIO of Hunton & Williams, commented on the trend of hosted document management solutions: "Having a centralized and hosted repository for a firm's documents provides lawyers with extremely efficient access wherever they work. This new alliance between LexisNexis and NetDocuments creates a credible and strategic document management system alternative for firms of all sizes."

Mike Walsh, senior vice president of Large Law, LexisNexis, said, "As part of our Total Practice Solution, LexisNexis provides customers with world-class hosting services, including document services. NetDocuments offers the perfect complement to our existing hosting and business continuity services - LexisNexis Managed Network Services - by adding applications that can be delivered as services and further help our customers reduce IT costs, optimize time and resources, and minimize risks."

According to Kenneth Duncan, CEO, NetDocuments, "This alliance further solidifies the leadership of LexisNexis foreseeing the trends towards on-demand computing. Document and email management are the most pervasive front-office applications in a law firm and now within a hosted model, they become a platform for additional applications and tools that will transform the way attorneys work on their documents and communicate with their clients."

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