Lexis Nexis’ Time Matters 11 is slated for release at the end of this month, and there has been alot of hype. The major selling point for this release is a browser based access tool that will allow users to access, update, and create data from any computer or mobile device with internet access. The Time Matters 11 upgrade and mobility platform are free for firms that are enrolled in the annual maintenance plan (AMP Plan). This new access platform is based on Microsoft’s(c) Azure Cloud platform. While Azure is an extremely secure platform, there are some security concerns with any cloud based solution (See our article on cloud security here). However, for the majority of firms this is not a major concern and the utility (provided it works correctly) of this service, at no additional cost of ownership should be a major benefit. This is especially true for any practice where lawyers are in and out of the office and court for most of the work day.
Under the Hood
The development of the program (for Time Matters 10 and Time Matters 11) has been put in the hands of a completely new team, and if Time Matters 10 was any indicator they are utilizing new technologies, and in general seem to be headed in a good direction. There has not been very much open discussion from Lexis Nexis in regards to the technical changes that we will see in Time Matters 11. This is really what I am most excited to see; I would like to see what improvements, if any, have been made to the database and data access models over previous versions (when I dig into the program and database I will post some thoughts). This has always in my opinion been the greatest weakness in the program, and seems to be something that Lexis Nexis has had a hard time addressing (given the diversity of versions that clients are using).
Should I Upgrade ?
The question that most firms and their IT staffs will be asking is, “should I upgrade, and if so, when?” You will be getting emails from Lexis to Upgrade ASAP, don’t ! With any software it is always a good idea to wait a couple of weeks (or months) to make sure that there are no major bugs with the new release. It will become apparent quickly what the pros and cons of Time Matters 11 will be and I will put some posts up when I find out. Another thing to keep in mind is that Time Matters upgrades are never cut and dry. They involve a data migration and in the case of firms with large databases this can be rather difficult and even require custom scripting. If you’re thinking of upgrading your firm’s software or moving to Time Matters 11 contact us to make sure you do it the right way. Data migration is not for the light of heart and straightening it out after it’s been done incorrectly can be costly.