MC+A Releases First Component for Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) Google Apps API Project

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The LSNC Google API Project is driven by a practical dilemma: The need to overcome the lack of integration between LSNC's cloud-based case managment system and the core set of Google Apps they rely upon everyday to get work done.

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It is this kind of practical integration of Google Apps with our CMS that we expect to accomplish also with Gmail, Google Docs and Google Groups.

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Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) had a need to overcome the integration gap between their cloud-based case management system and the core set of Google Apps products they rely upon to get their work done. LSNC was awarded funding from the LSC Technology Initiative Grants Program to develop a solution that would solve some common integration issues facing many legal service groups.

The LSNC Google API Project is a national demonstration project, released under the GNU General Public License is being developed in partnership with MC+A. The project’s goal is to demonstrate how open source Google APIs can be used for practical integration of the Google Apps platform with open source case management systems used by legal service programs. Once development is complete the project will be maintained by LSNC.

As part of an iterative approach MC+A developed a release schedule that address LSNC issues by priority. The first priority for the project was integration of the case management system with Google Apps Calendar

"Integration of Google Calendar with our CMS illustrates what we need to accomplish,” says Brian Lawlor, Regional Counsel at LSNC. “Instead of the two platforms having separate, essentially duplicate calendaring systems, we are replacing the calendaring system native to the CMS with the more flexible, powerful Google Calendar functions. Doing so, our users can create and edit one set, not two, of case-related calendar events, and can do so from either the Google Calendar or the CMS. One calendaring system to rule them all!”

MC+A will be developing three addition integration components (Gmail, Google Docs and Google Groups) for the API project with additional iterations scheduled for release before the end of Q2.

“This is a great first step toward integrating these two systems,” Michael Cizmar, MC+A’s Managing Partner stated when asked about the project. “It really shows just a small part of what can be done using the Google Apps API to integrate into an existing system. We are looking forward to the community’s involvement in the coming months.”

The project is licensed under the GNU General Public License and is maintained at:

About MC+A

MC+A is dedicated to solving business challenges by enabling organizations to derive maximum value from their business intelligence assets. They provide solutions focused on managing business intelligence and help their clients build, find and share those assets securely. MC+A was the first Google Enterprise Partner and is also on the Board of Advisors to Open Pipeline.

About Legal Services of Northern California

LSNC, a ten-office legal aid program serving low-income clients in 23 counties in the upper third of California, has long been recognized as one of the finest and most effective legal services programs in the country.

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