Lawyers have some new tools with which to fight their battles. Today, HP-owned Autonomy unveiled three new innovations for its products that are designed to help law firms and corporate legal departments utilize the convergence of social, cloud and mobile technologies.
Neil Araujo, chief executive officer of Autonomy Project Legal, noted in a statement that his company has “long been an innovator in information management for the legal industry,” and that these new innovations help lawyers “take advantage of consumer technologies,” while maintaining their security and enterprise system requirements.
One of the enhancements utilizes HP Labs’ patent-pending Compass technology, which allows users to more easily find personal connections and share content inside a company. This technology will be integrated into iManage Universal Search, Autonomy’s knowledge management application.
This new functionality automatically suggests relevant people, collections and content based on content or a person currently selected. It also enables the creation of communities that Autonomy described as “self-curated collections” revolving around a given topic. The interface is designed to act like a social network’s, so users can follow collections and receive updates from communities.
Doc Exchange, Mobile Scanning
A second enhancement provides a secure, cloud-based document exchange within Autonomy WorkSite, which is used by law firms and legal departments for document and email management. The new functionality is intended to make document sharing with outsiders easier, more secure and more auditable.
An improved process for capturing images from mobile devices is the third enhancement Autonomy is rolling out. This capability allows mobile camera users to remove extraneous background, de-skew an image or remove page creases.
Once cleaned up, the image can be read more easily on an Optical Character Recognition system, and then utilized as a text-based document. The company said that use cases include attorneys-in-the-field capturing signatures on engagement letters, affidavits or other legal documents.
Autonomy, founded in 1996, said it currently has over 65,000 customers worldwide and more than 400 OEM partners for its products, which seek to extract meaning in real time from all forms of information. Product areas include content management, knowledge and records management, compliance, business process management and collaboration.