Hummingbird Ltd., a world-leading developer of enterprise information management systems (EIMS), announced that the Hummingbird Enterprise comprehensive suite of practice management solutions continues to be the leading choice in the legal market. Law firms, corporate legal departments and professional services firms worldwide are deploying Hummingbird technology for its matter-centric environment that delivers significant performance and scalability enhancements at the lowest total cost of ownership.

The March 2003 acquisition of LegalKEY Technologies, a software and solutions company specializing in integrated practice management applications for law firms and professional services organizations, further advanced Hummingbird's position in the legal market. The Hummingbird and LegalKEY integrated suite offers enhanced end-to-end content lifecycle management applications for law firms that encompasses matter-centric information management, automated client/matter intake, conflict resolution, docketing/calendaring, and practice management and records management.

Hummingbird is the leading vendor to AmLaw Global 100 firms and Global 2000 corporate counsel. Hummingbird provides document management solutions to more of the Global 100 firms - the biggest and most profitable law firms worldwide – than all other document management vendors combined. For the past eight years, Hummingbird has been the market share leader and continues today. Moreover, according to the Eighth Annual AmLaw Tech Survey 2003(1), 54 percent of the 200 top-grossing U.S. law firms use the Hummingbird document management solution, more than any other document management software provider. Hummingbird's advanced document and content management solution has achieved this honor for five consecutive years.

Global law firms operate in an intensely competitive yet increasingly interdependent environment. Global competition requires investments in cost effective and scalable IT infrastructure. Hummingbird legal customers are benefiting from enhanced functionalities to support requirements for data center consolidation and centralization of the firm's IT resources.

Hummingbird Enterprise delivers significant performance enhancements and additional functionalities to improve overall performance. Content created in any authoring application or e-mail system can be seamlessly profiled into and managed within the secure platform with automatic metadata inheritance, such as client/matter number. In any of these interfaces, one-click access to firm work product and know-how is easy. Hummingbird Enterprise provides seamless access to all of the firm's work product and know-how directly from within Microsoft Outlook, Windows Explorer, Web browsers and authoring tools.

1) The Eighth Annual AmLaw Tech Survey 2003 is featured in the September issue of AmLaw Tech, a supplement to The American Lawyer.

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