In May 2000 a TEC Business Analyst, prompted by a press release, reviewed
a new ASP solution aimed at helping law firms and corporate legal departments
work more efficiently. The idea of an ASP (application service provider)
serving law firms and corporate counsel nationwide looked really good.
According to the press release, ASPORA, provides the U.S. legal market
with integrated high-end applications and services via a common web browser.
ASPORA site, however, was all sizzle, flashy graphics and little information.
About Time "Legal" Got Involved).
TEC revisited the site, at ASPORA's request, and found it much improved.
ASPORA site is now an electronic age brochure. Fundamental information
such as product offerings, company contact information, strategic partnership
details, and press releases have been added. As befitting a site for the
legal community, the fine print about the site and its information was
prominent. It also included a brief white paper on ASPORA's security measures,
an important consideration for anyone contemplating using electronic media
for transmitting legal information.
is a description of both the services they now provide and the ones they
intend to provide. While their specific location was not disclosed, they
did feature multiple locations on the site, which, upon access, cause
a pop-up box for contacting them. To reach them you go through the Internet
web site, although the white paper did include a phone number to reach
a sales engineer.
TEC's point of view, it is certainly gratifying to think a vendor paid
attention to and acted on our recommendations. Of course, the vendor may
just be interested in wiping out the aftermath of a premature unveiling
of the site.
note, there are other ASPs, such as Serengeti, which announced its presence
several months earlier, serving the legal profession.
If you are a law firm or a corporate law department you may find the site
interesting. There are not many sites on the web tailored specifically
to the services law firms require. Specialized ASPs such as Aspora address
the particular requirements, such as security safeguards for data and
Internet communications, crucial to legal firms.
and Serengeti both provide hosted, integrated legal software solutions
through partners and alliances. They manage the technology of delivering
the solution. These ASPs are another example of ways companies can utilize
the Internet to improve how business is done.
read the information on the sites carefully to be sure the services you
require are available. ASPs that address the legal market still talk a
lot of "future or planned services". With a web site, however, you should
be able to instantly request more information. In some cases, the "future
service" you need may be available, but not yet announced.
you have a real interest in finding an ASP with solutions for the legal
world, and the Aspora site in May 2000 was a disappointment, you may want
to look at it again.