Wednesday, August 22, 2007

ILTA Vendor Announcement--Interwoven and Velocity / Vivisimo

Interwoven, which has come in recent years to be the leading if not quite the dominant leader in the provision of document management systems for legal services, announced yesterday and at another ILTA session today that they are partnering with enterprise search company Vivisimo.

My colleague Doug Cornelius has already described in detail the proposed set of search tools that will be released. One capability he didn't mention is the Interwoven Universal Search's identification of attorney expertise using a combination of biographical, matters, and billing underlying data, as I suggested here.

Vivisimo is known to be a leader in enterprise search in the corporate world, highlighted this April by KM World magazine. Vivisimo clearly understands the specific security concerns that law firms have (registration required for download).

I believe that this is an excellent move by Interwoven and has the potential to improve search dramatically within firms that have not already adopted an enterprise search engine.

The pricing model for Interwoven Universal Search is based on two pieces, a client access license price (per user) and on the volume of documents indexed, in 3 million, 5 million or 50 million "packs." Documents in WorkSite are not counted towards this pack limit.

[Disclaimer--Goodwin Procter uses Interwoven Worksite products, and, like Mr. Cornelius, I attended a very pleasant event sponsored by Interwoven at the Epcot Center last night, and may attend another event they will have sponsored.]

2 comments:

Arrun Kapoor said...

I was wondering if you have any views on the pros/cons of Hummingbird vs. Interwoven vs. StarLaw? I'm trying to better understand which of these three stand out in terms of functionality for doc and records mgmt.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

David Hobbie said...

I don't have substantive experience with either Hummingbird or StarLaw. I do have extensive experience with Interwoven. I find their DMS to be a strong product that does the things we expect a DMS to do pretty well (handle a large volume of documents very securely, track versions, not object to different kinds of content, etc.). Interwoven is also moving to embrace matter-centricity, enabling email filing, and the firm I work at is also working on its importation or integration with the Velocity search engine of Vivisimo, reported on elsewhere on this blog.

Interwoven is also pretty clearly the market leader in the legal space in the DMS field at the moment. Of course market status is not a direct reflection of greater / additional functionality.

I hope that provides some context for your assessment of these products.