Integration allows user to view NetDocuments documents (to left) while also viewing Handshake portal (to right), here showing report on top timekeepers.

Two companies announced yesterday that they are teaming up to enable law firms and corporate legal departments to implement intranet and extranet portals directly within their document management system, without requiring SharePoint.

The joint announcement comes from Handshake Software, a company that specializes in developing SharePoint-based integrations for the legal market, and NetDocuments, the cloud-based document management system.


Here the user is viewing CRM information from InterAction.

This means that NetDocuments users will be able to perform legal research, read news, and access financial and client information while they are working within NetDocuments. Although Handshake previously enabled SharePoint-based integration with NetDocuments, this new product, Handshake Portals for NetDocuments, enables the integration for firms that do not use SharePoint.

The most-likely customers for this are mid-sized law firms and corporate legal departments. While SharePoint is common in larger firms, it is less so in mid-sized firms of fewer than 150 attorneys, according to Handshake.

Performing research in Lexis Advance from within NetDocuments.

Performing research in Lexis Advance from within NetDocuments.

I previously wrote about Handshake when it announced integrations with West KM and Ravel Law. It enables portals that offer pre-configured integrations for many enterprise-level applications commonly used in larger law firms. These integrations make it easy for firms to set up intranets that integrate all of their financial, practice, content management and client management records within a single framework.

Handshake has integration partnerships with with products such as The Firm Directory, news-monitoring service Manzama, and legal research service LexisNexis.

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