We’ve been talking to a number of legal administrators and IT Directors recently that have been frustrated in their attempts to develop and implement a matter centric model for their firm. Whether it is by eliminating some document types, or developing a foldering structure that emulates their practice groups and processes, or just technical hurdles – there’s a quite a few firms that are struggling with the technology.
That’s why we’re so excited about “Extended Dynamic Views”. It works.
Extended Dynamic Views isn’t a product, it isn’t new, third party code. It’s a way of customizing Dynamic Views that creates a both a flexible and an intuitive data structure. The benefits include: better user adoption, the ability to drag and drop into matter folders is more accurate, and encourages the placement of emails into the repository so that your users can accurately gather all relevant matter information and then find it intuitively.
It works, it’s cool and it increases the value of your previous eDOCS investments.
Most firms – even ADV – have been through the transition of moving from paper to network file sharing to document management. It’s often a struggle, but we get there, though there are many compromises along the way. We know transforming business practices to match technology often requires some behavioral changes. We are frequently reminded that a cookie cutter approach does not always fit. We have witnessed many of these transitions, and the compromises required for the greater good of technology.
So we take a deeper look into matter-centricity – kind of like metadata revisited (sounds a bit like Brideshead Revisited?…well, no, but it sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?). We have discovered that it really is possible to define standards around the general organizational structure of our documents, while still allowing for deviation (yes, I said deviation) where and when it matters.
Extended Dynamic Views: it’s simple, it’s elegant, it works. But it requires a bit of thought, understanding and planning. Is it right for you? We welcome the conversation. Again, I think you’ll find it intriguing.
For those of you have already deployed a matter-centric view (DVDP or Dynamic Views Dynamic Profile), it’s worth a second look. For those of you who know you have to get there, but hesitate to take the plunge, relax. It’s less painful than you think.
Extending the possibilities. We’re excited about it.