Hummingbird's end-to-end matter lifecycle management solution enjoys widespread acceptance by legal community
TORONTO, ON, and LawNet, PHOENIX, AZ, Aug. 23, 2004 - Hummingbird Ltd. (NASDAQ: HUMC, TSX: HUM), a leading global provider of integrated enterprise content management (ECM) solutions, today announced that Hummingbird Enterprise(TM) for Legal, Hummingbird's end-to-end matter lifecycle management solution, continues to gain momentum among new and existing customers and is deployed at some of the world's largest law practices and professional services organizations.
Leading firms such as Baker & McKenzie; Phillips Nizer LLP; Fennemore Craig; Brown Rudnick; Corrs Chambers Westgarth; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Balch & Bingham LLP; Arnall Golden Gregory LLP; Helms Mulliss & Wicker, PLLC; McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP; Baker & Botts LLP; Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP; Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP; Bowman and Brooke LLP; Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP; Stikeman Elliott LLP; Shumacker Witt Gaither & Whitaker, P.C.; and many more, join the long list of new and existing law firms who are deploying Hummingbird's comprehensive suite of practice management solutions.
"Hummingbird is uniquely positioned to offer the legal market an end-to-end matter lifecycle management solution. The Hummingbird offering which includes the LegalKEY(R) practice support suite, provides unequaled end-to-end matter lifecycle management capabilities - from matter intake and conflicts checking, to docketing and discovery, through to work product and records retention and, ultimately, final disposition," said Andrew Pery, chief marketing officer and senior vice president, Hummingbird Ltd. "We provide our legal clients with a best of breed product suite for managing matter-related content and the traction we are seeing in the market is recognition of our focus and successful execution."
Global law firm, Baker & McKenzie, selected Hummingbird Enterprise to equip 8,500 users in 68 offices around the world with the tools to easily access, manage and share firm know-how and intellectual property. "After reviewing several competitive products, we chose Hummingbird Enterprise DM to advance our document and knowledge management requirements," said Sue Hall, CIO, Baker & McKenzie. "We believe we have the best of breed DM product available on the market and are very pleased with the progress of our deployment. Our legal staff can find and share intellectual capital, when and where they need it. As a global law firm, we operate in an increasingly competitive environment. By leveraging our firm know-how and best practices, we have improved the quality of legal services, strengthened client relationships and broadened competitive advantages."
Attorneys and staff at New York law firm, Phillips Nizer LLP, can easily search and retrieve firm content directly from the familiar desktop interface. Fee earners appreciate the simplified access to firm-wide knowledge assets. "What I found most appealing in offering Hummingbird Enterprise to our professional staff was the way the product interacted so effectively with our desktop, providing ease of use for our attorneys, saving them time and therefore our clients' money," said Diane Dangolovich, IT Director of Phillips Nizer LLP. "In fulfilling our mission to our clients of 'resourceful representation,' Hummingbird provides us with a stable and flexible resource for managing our data."
Atlanta law firm, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, points to the document discovery functionality found in the Microsoft Outlook-based interface as a key to improved efficiencies at the firm. "Our professional staff appreciates the seamless integration with Outlook. The folder structure also allows them to manage their documents in much the same way they manage their e-mail. We found that it took next to no time at all to train our users on the new user interface, it's very intuitive," said Paul Grulke, Director of Information Services with Arnall Golden Gregory LLP. "We wanted the look and feel to resemble Outlook as much as possible."
Legal professionals and clients of Phoenix-based law firm, Fennemore Craig, are benefiting from the increased flexibility Hummingbird Enterprise Webtop and Collaboration has provided the practice. "Hummingbird Enterprise offers different solutions to business problems that our clients face and the work that we do for them. Within the portal and collaboration platform, we are able to organize all the documents from a particular matter, all communications, all bills, and more - all information that a client may need to refer to, and offer the client secure access to this information," said Dean Seiveno, IT Director, Fennemore Craig.
"We can also integrate other applications into the portal, representing the whole service to the client, not just documents, not just bills, but the other applications like litigation support applications and immigration tracking and requests - so we've been able to expand and pull off of those other resources that we do internally everyday and provide them to the client," added Seiveno. "With Hummingbird, we are doing something for our clients that no other firm in Phoenix even comes close to doing, and we're doing it for free. As a result, we have strengthened our client relationships."
Fee earners at Shumacker Witt Gaither & Whitaker, P.C., headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are fully utilizing Hummingbird Enterprise. "Implementing Hummingbird Enterprise in our firm provided the flexibility to respond effectively to the preferences of our user population. The ability to access our document libraries while in Outlook through a single interface; the drag-n-drop of e-mail messages and attachments into the library with profile field defaults available; and the powerful content searching capabilities has proven to be a genuine timesaver for our professionals," said Rhonda Glenn, IT Director, Shumacker Witt Gaither & Whitaker, P.C.
"Document availability while outside the Microsoft Office environment from any computer with a standard Web browser and the DM Webtop is unquestionably an added benefit for the road warriors," added Glenn. "We are extremely pleased with the stability and reliability of the product."
Legal professionals at Helms Mulliss & Wicker, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, have quick and seamless access to their documents from both the browser-based and desktop interfaces, providing users with intuitive environments for document search and retrieval. "Our investment in Hummingbird Enterprise DM gives us the opportunity to leverage our document technology and gives us a robust platform for growth," said Chris Romano, Information Services Manager at Helms Mulliss & Wicker, PLLC. "I don't think we've scratched the surface of the full potential of the DM solution."
Hummingbird will be demonstrating Hummingbird Enterprise for Legal and the LegalKEY practice support suite, at LawNet 2004 in Phoenix, Arizona, August 23 - 26 at Hummingbird booths 308 and 310.
About Hummingbird Enterprise(TM)
Hummingbird Enterprise provides an integrated platform for enterprise content management that provides global organizations with solutions to manage business interaction information such as documents, records, virtual deal room exchanges, discussions, email or financial data - linking business processes, information and people. Our solutions are designed as modular applications that are fully interoperable with each other, enabling our customers to incrementally build an enterprise content management solution to meet their evolving information needs in a cost effective manner.
Hummingbird Ltd. (NASDAQ: HUMC, TSX: HUM) is a leading global provider of enterprise software solutions. Our enterprise content management (ECM) solutions enable organizations to manage the lifecycle of enterprise content from creation to disposition. Hummingbird Enterprise solutions enable organizations to address critical business needs, such as information management, business continuity, compliance and risk mitigation.
Founded in 1984, Hummingbird employs approximately 1450 people and serves more than 33,000 customers, including 90% of Fortune 100. Hummingbird solutions are sold directly from 40 offices worldwide and through our Alliance Network of partners and resellers. For more information, visit http://www.hummingbird.com
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