Mar 26, 2012

Clio and Rocket Matter Both Launch APIs and Integration with Third-Party Apps

10 Comments · Posted by Robert Ambrogi in General

I’m starting to wonder whether Clio and Rocket Matter are engaged in high-tech corporate espionage. In January, within days of each other, both companies added document assembly to their cloud-based practice management applications. (See my earlier posts here and here.) Now, again within days of each other, both companies announced that they have launched an application programming interface (API) that will allow third-party application developers to integrate directly with their platforms.

Clio’s announcement will be released tomorrow morning, just a day before the start of ABA Techshow in Chicago. It calls its API the Clio Platform and it will allow third-party developers to securely access data and actions within Clio. It uses OAuth 2.0 for secure authentication, which allows secure access between applications without having to share credentials.

Rocket Matter’s announcement was made Friday and it calls its API RMAPI. It uses JavaScript Object Notation, or JSON, for data exchange and Microsoft’s ASP.NET forms-based authentication.

Both companies also announced initial third-party applications that will integrate with their platforms. Clio said that both Zencash, a receivables management application, and DirectLaw, a virtual lawyering platform, will be integrated immediately. Chrometa, a time-tracking application, will be integrated in April. “We’ll have lots of other exciting partners launching tools built on top of the Clio platform,” Jack Newton, Clio’s founder and CEO, said in an email.

Rocket Matter is launching is API with Chrometa already integrated, its announcement said. Chrometa and Rocket Matter will be demonstrating the integration at Techshow this week.

“Rocket Matter is no longer just a product: it’s a platform for other software companies to create amazing products for lawyers,” said Larry Port, CEO of Rocket Matter. “We wanted our first API integration to be with an incredibly useful, amazing product and forward-thinking company, and found this partner in Chrometa.”

Meanwhile, Jack Newton said his company is excited about the launch of its API. “We’re tremendously excited to announce the Clio Platform, and are thrilled to see the integrations and extensions developers are building using the Clio API. Clio’s users will benefit through a broad range of integrations and add-ons being built for Clio by a broad range of partners.”

If you are attending Techshow, both companies are exhibiting there, so check out their new APIs.

10 comments

  • Larry Port · March 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    As happy as it makes me to scoop Clio’s announcements twice in a row, I’d prefer not to see them announce something that we just announce, as I’m sure they’d rather not see us scoop them.

    Never thought about the corporate espionage angle but now I’m paranoid. In any case, both companies have been out for a while, have fleshed out the core functionality, and are now exploring the perimeter of what’s needed for law firms.

    Here’s a video that shows the Rocket Matter / Chrometa integration:

    http://vimeo.com/39243996

    LP

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    • Author comment by Robert Ambrogi · March 27, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Needless to say, my corporate espionage comment was made with tongue in cheek. The more likely explanation is that both companies are working along similar paths to bring their platforms to the next level and to respond to user needs.

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      • Larry Port · March 27, 2012 at 10:31 am

        If we both announce 3 on 3 basketball tournaments for our users within a week, then something REALLY weird is going on.

        ;-)

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        • Lisa Solomon · March 27, 2012 at 11:07 am

          Exactly – since Clio’s a Canadian company, it should only be sponsoring hockey tournaments :-)

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          • Author comment by Robert Ambrogi · March 27, 2012 at 11:48 am

            So you’re saying that Rocket Matter is about to announce a 3-on-3 basketball tournament?

        • Bayley Rute · April 3, 2012 at 11:26 am

          Basketball was invented in Canada

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          • Author comment by Robert Ambrogi · April 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm

            No. Basketball was invented in Springfield, Mass. But it was invented by a Canadian, James Naismith.

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