iManage has formed a strategic partnership and integration with Foundation Software Group. Foundation enables large law firms to transform their disparate data about clients, matters, people, and parties ‘into usable and actionable information’, boosting their KM capabilities.
US-based Foundation, which has around 30 staff, will work with iManage to ‘extend the capabilities of its iManage Knowledge Unlocked facility, powered by RAVN‘.
The partnership will allow ‘mutual customers to access the rich, comprehensive metadata in Foundation directly from Knowledge Unlocked, enriching enterprise search results’ they explained.
All well and good. But what does that mean in practical terms?
The partnership streamlines integration with data that has been aggregated and augmented in Foundation, making it available to iManage’s Knowledge Graph within Knowledge Unlocked, which surfaces connections between content, concepts and people to uncover hidden experts, similar matters, and best practice content.
In short, it provides a more comprehensive and linked picture of knowledge within a firm, breaking down silos and helping to show how one piece of data or concept, links to another.
That, the company explained, increases the ‘ability to zero in on the right information at the right time’.
Nick Thomson, General Manager, iManage RAVN, said: ‘Our goal with Knowledge Unlocked is to significantly reduce the complexity and risk traditionally associated with deploying legal knowledge solutions. That sensibility is also reflected in the iManage partnership with Foundation.
‘We go far beyond the development of productised connectors to leverage a shared vision of simplifying the process for mutual clients to integrate Foundation’s rich information into the Knowledge Unlocked solution.’
Cindy Thurston Bare, VP, Customer Product Management, Foundation Software Group, added: ‘The integration between iManage and Foundation allows law firms to quickly leverage their data for the practice and business of law.
‘Together, we unlock a host of shared knowledge across firms while achieving significant time savings for firm professionals. Our solutions are highly complementary, and we see significant opportunity for deeper integration to deliver actionable intelligence to our joint customers.’
And for more about Nick Thomson’s vision of how KM is transforming, please check out this detailed AL TV interview which covers many of iManage RAVN’s key concepts.