Dutch Law Firm to Open New Office Branch with Minimal Secretarial Support Enabled Through Digital Dictation

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Adriaanse van der Weel lawyers are soon opening a new branch in Rotterdam and thanks to the implementation of digital dictation software from BigHand, distributed in the Netherlands by Morningstar Systems, this office will launch with minimal secretarial support. With BigHand, lawyers can digitally record their dictations and send them to secretaries in one of Adriaanse van der Weel's other offices in Middelburg or Terneuzen. The secretaries have more insight into the workload and are supplied with tasks more evenly.

Adriaanse van der Weel lawyers are soon opening a new branch in Rotterdam and thanks to the implementation of digital dictation software from BigHand, distributed in the Netherlands by Morningstar Systems, this office will launch with minimal secretarial support. With BigHand, lawyers can digitally record their dictations and send them to secretaries in one of Adriaanse van der Weel's other offices in Middelburg or Terneuzen. The secretaries have more insight into the workload and are supplied with tasks more evenly.

The selection process by Adriaanse van der Weel for a digital dictation solution was very concise. Several suppliers were invited to give a presentation or demonstration. "Morningstar Systems made a very good impression with BigHand," says systems manager Fred Hermans. "The reference we spoke to was also very positive. The advantages of digital dictation were all confirmed and the system turned out to be very reliable as well, which is of course very important to me as a systems manager. Moreover, BigHand can operate in a terminal server environment. There are more suppliers claiming their systems can do so, but in practice this turns out to be a burden. We don't want to be a test subject for solutions that haven't been proven in practice."

The use of BigHand will be especially beneficial for the secretaries. It is much easier for them to take over tasks from each other and they have a better view of what work is still to be done. Also, recorded dictations are supplied individually and directly, while in the current situation secretaries sometimes receive long tapes with several dictations that have to be processed quickly.

Dries Ausems of Morningstar Systems: "For Adriaanse van der Weel, the advantages of using digital dictation are very obvious. If they were still dictating with analogue equipment, it would not have been possible to achieve this office with minimal secretarial support. Moreover, the solution will significantly ease the work for the current secretaries. As the supplier, we are very proud of the confidence given by Adriaanse van der Weel."

The new Adriaanse van der Weel office will open on the first of March; the implementation of BigHand will already be finished by the end of January.

Morningstar Systems - Kruisstraat 1 - 6231 LJ Meerssen - the Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0) 43 408 6600 - Fax : + 31 (0) 43 408 6609
e-mail: info@morningstarsystems.nl, internet: http://www.morningstarsystems.nl

About Morningstar Systems
Morningstar Systems, part of the I.R.I.S. Group, is specialist in the field of Context Management and Enterprise Content Management. Morningstar is a leading supplier in the professional services industry, with solutions in the area of document management, CRM and digital dictation. Morningstar Systems is focused on improving information intensive processes within and between companies. The connection between structured data sources (databases, applications) and unstructured data sources (e-mail, text documents, presentations, etc.) is the main focus. Morningstar developed a number of implementation methods and techniques that are the basis of a new expertise called 'Context Management'. As a certified retailer the company offers high standard applications in the fields of portal construction, document-, records-, workflow- and knowledge management. Besides the professional services industry, Morningstar Systems' clients are active in sectors like petrochemistry, pharmachemistry, and financial services. Morningstar Systems was founded in 1996 and is located in Meerssen, (head-office - the Netherlands), Amstelveen (the Netherlands) and London (UK). Morningstar Systems is Interwoven's Enterprise Partner of the Year 2005 and winner of the VIP Application of the Year Award 2004 and 2005. For more information: http://www.morningstarsystems.nl

About BigHand
A Microsoft Gold Partner & Blackberry ISV Partner based out of London, Chicago and Sydney. BigHand is the leading digital dictation vendor in the global professional services sector, maintaining the five largest sites at international law firms and with more legal installations in total than all other suppliers combined. BigHand3 was nominated as "Best of Breed System of the Year" at the Legal Technology Awards for 2008 & 2007, and as 'New Product of the Year' at the LTN Awards 2008. BigHand was named as the fastest growing legal software developer in The Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 league tables for both 2006 and 2005. BigHand was also recognized by Deloitte as one of the 500 fastest growing software vendors in Europe in 2006. Additionally BigHand was voted "Best Legal Office Technology System 2004" from votes from over 14,000 lawyers and IT managers across the legal sector at the LOTIE Awards. BigHand's leading product also won the Society for Computers & Law IT Award in 2003 for "the most outstanding application of information technology to the law". Further information is available at http://www.bighand.com

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