Best of The Exari Blog, Part 2

About this series: The Exari team has worked for nearly five years to make this blog a complete resource for information about contracts and document assembly. With more than 180 published articles, we thought we would introduce our newer readers to the most popular articles from the archive.

Part 2 of this series finds us revisiting posts from 2007, a big year for Exari. We shipped version 5 of the software which introduced “Roundtripping,” a groundbreaking development in the field of document assembly.

Never before could a document produced in a document assembly system go through a process of negotiations (typically in Word) and be “round-tripped” back into the system in a way that preserved any negotiated changes. This meant you could save the answers given during assembly, as well as the edits made during negotiations, and re-use them against the same template. To this day, Exari is the only document automation provider offering this ability.

Now, without further ado, here are the most popular articles from the Exari Blog in 2007.

  1. The Sweet Spot of Document Assembly:
    Why are so many people embracing document assembly now when they didn’t in the past? The answer, we think, is that web-based document assembly tools have matured to the point where it’s now practical to automate more than just consumer-oriented, high-volume, fill-in-the-blanks, standard forms. People are discovering that a large chunk of their business-to-business deals fall into a new category of “semi-standard” contracts. They’re not standard form. But they do follow predictable patterns of negotiation and drafting. They do follow rules. And this is the new sweet spot for automation…read full post
  2. Award Winning Document Assembly Solution:
    A decade ago, in his best selling book, The Future of Law, legal technology seer, Richard Susskind, predicted that one day: “lawyers will embody their document drafting know-how in packages which will become a form of marketable information service…”…read full post
  3. What’s Happening to Hummingbird?
    Historically, the two main document management systems (DMSs) used by large law firms have been Interwoven Worksite and Hummingbird Enterprise – DM. In October 2006 Hummingbird was acquired by Open Text. At the time, John Wilkerson, Open Text’s EVP, Global Sales and Services assured Hummingbird customers via an open letter that: “the combined company will provide you with the best products, solutions, service and support to address your most pressing business issues…” …read full post

We hope you’re enjoying this series. Watch for the final three installments in the weeks to come. And please, vote for your favorite posts in the comments.

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