ILTA COM 6: Sharpening SharePoint

The ILTA 2008 conference definitely had a heavy concentration on SharePoint sessions.  (A two-part hands-on demo on Tuesday 8/26 was so popular that it was standing room only, and they ended up turning people away.  One person I talked to waited 30 minutes in order to stand in the back of the room for the remainder of the session.)  This particular session was a panel of four firms using SharePoint for their intranets, part of the Communication and Collaboration Tools Track on Wednesday 8/27. 

Moderator Chad Engrun from White & Case began the session by discussing his use of SharePoint and Handshake Software to integrate with their document management system, Interwoven.  He also is using a beta SharePoint workflow product called K2 blackpoint.

Michael Williams from Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi showed some screens from his SharePoint intranet also using the Handshake Software Relationship Toolkit, including a matter page that integrated with their docketing, financial, and document management systems. They utilize individual content managers across the firm with mixed success.

Next up was Paul Phillips with screen shots from Nixon Peabody, who started moving to SharePoint 2003 in the year 2005 (previously using Plumtree and ISYS for their intranet).  They, too, are using Handshake web parts for integration with their document management system and SQL data.  Recommind is also being used with their integrated Mindserver.  Some of Paul’s top goals include moving to enterprise search and creating a financial dashboard for his firm.

Last on the panel was Sam Shipley from Ulmer & Berne.  His original intranet was programmed in ColdFusion, but is now using SharePoint and (you guessed it) Handshake.  They concentrated first on creating some useful reports and meters, including firm performance, practice group performance, and attorney performance.

All panelists indicated at least some level of difficulty getting decent metrics to measure success out of SharePoint, and some of them are using web analytic tools such as WebTrends.

~ Amy Witt


  1. 1 ILTA does Sharepoint « KM Librarians

    […] ILTA does Sharepoint Filed under: Uncategorized — callkm @ 3:18 pm I know that there’s considerable interest among our community in the use of Sharepoint – sounds like it was a huge interest at ILTA as well. For those of us unable to attend, Amy Witt has posted a lovely overview (with lots of links) at The Law Firm Intranet. […]

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