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November 2000
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Interface Introduces IRIS

Interface Introduces IRIS INTERFACE SOFTWARE Inc. has introduced its new Interface Relationships Intelligence Server (IRIS), the company's new knowledge management platform.

IRIS is an XML-based application server that offers a common platform for all internal information about a professional services firm's clients, contacts, relationships, expertise, experience and other information, reports Interface, based in Oakbrook, Ill.

The system is scheduled for shipping Q1 2001, advises Interface, and will be powered by InterAction, the company's client relationship management software. Client data will reside not only in InterAction, but in other systems such as time-and-billing and human resources, it says.

Information: Reader Response: 310.

Online Service

ELF, IKON Decide to Join Forces on ASP

AFTER months of speculation as to whom Don Murray would take to the prom, Seattle-based ELF Technologies Inc. announced that it will dance with IKON Office Solutions. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding under which ELF's Serengeti application service provider will serve as the platform for delivering "online capabilities" developed by IKON, relating to electronic data repository, litigation support, document scanning, and document discovery and recovery. IKON will transfer to ELF its Web-based Virtual File Room, as well as assets relating to IKON's digital litigation service and electronic data discovery. IKON will receive a non-controlling equity interest in ELF. In a joint statement, ELF CEO/president Murray and IKON counterpart James Forese said they expect the partnership will position Serengeti as "the first full service legal ASP."

Information: Reader Response: 312.

Calendar Tools

ScheduleOnline Checks Conflicts

A NEW Intranet calendaring system automatically checks for conflicts and adjusts for time zone, says about its namesake service. The software cross-checks both personal and business calendars, and automatically reserves conference rooms, sends and receives invitations and RSVPs, and it even sends reminders, the company notes.

An Extranet version is expected to be released in the near future.

Information: Reader Response: 311.

Intellectual Property

Derwent Restructures Portal

DERWENT Information, headquarted in London, has restructured and re-launched its intellectual property portal, IP Matters. The site includes news, research tools, as well as articles, interviews and opinions from IP professionals.

For example, the site currently offers an interview with Gert Kolle, director of international legal affairs at the European Patent Office.

Information: Reader Response: 314.

Online Services

Lexis Launches e-Marketplace

LEXIS-NEXIS has entered the legal e-commerce fray with the debut of e-Marketplace for Legal Professionals. The Web site is scheduled for lift-off next month.

Lexis plans to offer everything from office supplies, client gifts, to insurance policies. The company is partnering with Metiom (formerly Intelisys), and will include many of the 2,500 suppliers who participate in the Martindale-Hubbell Services and Suppliers Directory. The marketplace, promises Lexis, will "automate, streamline and bring pricing efficiencies" to firms.

Information: Reader Response: 313.

Attention: Webmasters!

Attention: Webmasters!Legal News Media, in association with Law Technology News, will launch a monthly survey of the 25 busiest legal Web sites and portals in the United States.

A similar survey, run by LTN's London columnist Charles Christian, has been operating in the U.K. for the past six months -- check out Legal Hit List U.K. -- and already has become established as the chart to be in.

We're scheduled to begin publishing chart rankings (based on page view and session traffic figures) in December.

If you think your site could qualify and need a survey form, please e-mail.

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