Datacert honored at ILTA’s annual conference for international legal spend management solution implementation for Fortune Global 50 corporation
HOUSTON, Sept. 2, 2010 – Datacert, Inc., the leading global provider of software and services for the legal industry, has been named winner of the Technology Implementation of the Year award from the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA). ILTA presented the award during their annual conference to acknowledge outstanding achievement by a vendor organization for exceptional technology implementation for a client during the past year. Datacert’s accolade is due to the successful international implementation of AIMS (Advanced Invoice Management System), its legal spend management solution, for a Fortune Global 50 healthcare company based in Switzerland. The implementation covered the company’s Group Legal and IP divisions and spanned 14 business units, primarily in the U.S. and Europe.
"Until now, a global legal spend management solution implementation of this magnitude was unprecedented in the industry and receiving this award from ILTA recognizes the tremendous partnership Datacert established with the client," said Jim Tallman, president and chief executive officer, Datacert. "This project required a globally-compliant solution, backed by a partner with the necessary resources and implementation experience in EMEA and North America. This award is a testimony to the partnership with this international organization and the differentiation in our global capabilities in the market place."
The AIMS implementation allowed the Europe-based health organization to attain a comprehensive view of its global legal spend, tighten the enforcement of outside counsel guidelines, and reduce legal spend through electronic invoicing. As a part of the implementation that covered more than 90 percent of the company’s global legal spend, more than 230 vendors were on boarded. With these business partners located in more than 100 countries and each country having its own tax and billing regulations, it was critical for the legal spend management system to support the unique regulatory rules of each jurisdiction.
"Datacert has a complete EMEA team committed to exceeding expectations for even the most complex implementations," said Rajitha Boer, vice president/director, EMEA business development, Datacert, Inc. "The project was completed on time and within budget because of the thorough and consistent communication between Datacert and the client."
Datacert has been at the forefront of supporting global organizations’ move away from dated technology practices where there were several instances of various systems that were not integrated and did not allow for centralized management of a global legal function. This situation was often necessitated by the set of differing and complex regulatory rules in various jurisdictions, a challenge that Datacert and the healthcare company were able to overcome. With operations teams in the U.S. and Europe, Datacert is the only legal spend and matter management vendor with the global capabilities required to successfully implement a project of this complexity.
"On behalf of ILTA, I’d like to congratulate this year’s Distinguished Peer Award winners," said Randi Mayes, executive director of ILTA. "We are proud to recognize exceptional technology projects and the champions of those projects, and I applaud and celebrate our winners for sharing their successes."
For more news from the ILTA conference and awards ceremony, including winners in other categories, visit www.iltanet.org/MainMenuCategory/Awards/Nominees.aspx.
Providing technology solutions to law firms and legal departments gets more complex every day. Connecting with your peers to exchange ideas with those who have "been there done that" has never been more valuable. For over three decades, ILTA has led the way in sharing knowledge and experience for those faced with challenges in their firms and legal departments. ILTA's international membership comprises firms of all sizes and all areas of practice, each sharing a common need to have access to the latest information about products and support services that impact the legal profession worldwide. At over 1,200 entities and 12,000 individuals in membership, there’s a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. For more information about ILTA, visit www.iltanet.org.