Sunday, May 29, 2011

Why The iPad?

I am frequently asked if iDocExplorer, or our newest app iTimeKeep, will work on devices other than the iPad, XOOM, Rim Playbook, etc. The short answer is yes and no.

For the slightly longer answer you will need to understand what runs Bellefield's services. We have built a system called the Bellefield Connect Platform. This enterprise level platform allows us to do several things with relative ease:

1. Have seamless 2-way communication and integration with virtually all legal management systems, Aderant, ProLaw, Elite, etc.
2. Deliver data very quickly and efficiently with state of the art 2-way encryption schemes similar to the highest level of banking security.
3. Manage users and plans through the Bellefield Subscription Engine.
4. Deliver this data to any mobile device.

There is one other thing that needs a little clarification. Mobile devices are, for the most part, a pretty face to display the data it requests, pulls, and pushes over the web. There is very little computing done on these devices. The Bellefield Connect Platform dangles this data ready to be delivered to any device.

We have chosen to lead with the iPad for a very solid reason. Simply, they are everywhere! Sales are through the roof. To date Apple has sold over 19 millions iPads and there are about 65,000 apps, and some analysts predict 120 millions iPads will be sold by the end of 2012.The reason for this is that it is a superior device and looks to be so for a long time to come, it is extremely easy and intuitive, and requires very little training or maintenance, just to name a few of the reasons.

Apple’s iPad has the largest market share compared to any other tablet available. In a recent survey, the iPad has been termed as having a commanding lead in the U.S. tablet market with 82% of the pie. While we have witnessed a number of releases recently, specially by Android tablets with companies including, Motorola, Samsung and others, they still lag far behind in market share. While the Apple iPad has a clear lead over others, Samsung is seen following the champ with just 4% of the market, even after the release of much anticipated Galaxy Tablet. Others will follow, Dell and Motorola having a limited spread with just 3% and 2% of the market.

If it comes to pass that a another device starts to get some traction then we will, on very short order, provide an interface for it. Will it be the Droid, Blackberry, Google - or will the iPad maintain its dominance? With the Bellefield Platform we have the data ready to deliver to whatever device it is.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

iRedLine's Success with Bellefield's API

Esquire Innovation iRedline tool has been integrated with Thomson Reuter's ProLaw. iRedline, which has been on the market since 2003, provides document comparison in Microsoft Word through technologies that enhance the native comparison process and tracked changes.

Esquire utilized Bellefield's API and integration expertise to achieve the seamless integration between the products.

New iRedline/ProLaw features include:

- Browse ProLaw Document Management System. Documents that are stored in the ProLaw
Document Management System can be accessed from a Recent Matters and Recent Document
Explorer and brought in to iRedline for document comparison.
-Redlined documents are profiled. Profiling the new document couldn’t be any easier as it
automatically pre-fills the ProLaw profiling fields with the information from the result document.
- Save as new version. This feature allows users to keep versions of their documents using the Parent-Child structure in ProLaw.
- Matter level and Document level security. If security set up is established in Prolaw either at the matter or document level, it will be honored by iRedline’s Document Explorer while searching for documents.
- Remember last settings. Using the Document Explorer or the Quick Profiler, the product will remember the last settings such as author, recent matters, and documents, and up to 10 document searches.