Implementing an Effective E-Signature Program

Electronic commerce has exploded over the past decade, bringing with it a host of new laws related to business transactions using modern technology and communication. Of note are those related to the use of electronic signatures. E-Signature policies are increasingly being adopted by businesses to save significant time and money by eliminating the manual back-and-forth of routing paper documents and reducing the time needed for signature and approvals.
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The Engine That Could:  Workflow and Paperless Automation in IP

As part of achieving the harmonizing effect sought within an IPBM framework, we’ve observed the market express a strong desire to move beyond mere data entry into something much more dynamic. In fact, there are few trends more deliberate, focused and clearly defined than pursuit of shedding the cumbersome business of data entry toward better leverage of the electronic data and metadata that swirl about the average business day-to-day.  Paperless processing is a crucial goal of IPBM, and IP Management in general has long lagged behind many of the other legal disciplines in the maturity of processes from manual, data entry to automated process and workflow management.  Workflow, or in a larger sense Business Process Management (“BPM”) is the core enterprise discipline that serves as the crucial bridge between outdated ways of working and progressive business management.
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The Fall 2016 Solution Accelerator Conference

Hyperion concludes another successful Solution Accelerator! Hyperion was proud to conclude last week’s one-of-a-kind event – the Solution Accelerator Conference – to great success. The one-day conference delivers unparalleled access to industry leaders, solution providers, innovators and best practices in a single, unified, highly-interactive forum focused on success in Legal Operations and Performance Management.
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Using Content Management to Build an Enterprise Ecosystem

Closely associated with the effort to maximize ECM adoption is the desire to satisfy a growing appetite for integrations to third-party productivity and practice-management software and systems. These integrations go further than plug-ins and add-ons to Microsoft Outlook and the Microsoft Office suite – which all of the advanced ECM solution providers in this space now offer as a matter of course.  The ability to drag-and-drop or profile content to the DMS through Outlook, Word and the other Office programs is no longer an alluring differentiator – it is an expected standard.
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Deconstructing Content: The Long Arm of ECM

The need for more sophisticated decision-making and policies around content management highlights the importance of a simple threshold question:  “How do we define content?”
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Despite Broad Adoption of DMS, Challenges Persist

Document management systems (DMS) are well-recognized as one of the highest priority solution areas for law firms and corporate law departments.  DMS sits at the core of how legal professional create, manage and use their work product, and how they collaborate among colleagues, clients and outside partners.  Representative of its importance, our research has shown that DMS is relatively well-established in both law firms and law departments.  Almost 80% of legal organizations report that they are using some form of system-based DMS; of DMS-enabled organizations, 65% report that at least half of their professionals are using the system.
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Paperless Work Environments for IPM

While historically paper-intensive, the legal profession is quickly digitizing. Electronic-based work processes offer cost savings, improved quality and more-efficient work product.  Implementing a paperless work environment is particularly important to creating an effective IP program.  We find that document management systems (DMS) are an increasingly critical element in the overall integrated IPM environment.
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