I’ve written a number of times about Tali, the voice-driven time-tracking application, most recently in January, when it announced its integration with the Rocket Matter practice management platform. Today, I have three more updates to report about Tali: a partnership with the Ohio State Bar Association, integration with Google Assistant, and a soon-to-be-released integration with the team-messaging application Slack.

The partnership with the OSBA makes Ohio the first bar to have an affinity relationship with Tali. OSBA members who purchase Tali will receive a 10 percent lifetime discount off the price. The partnership will also open the door to other forms of collaboration between Tali and the OSBA, according to Matthew Volm, Tali’s cofounder and CEO.

Also new is Tali’s integration with Google Assistant. Until now, it worked only with Amazon Echo or other Alexa-enabled devices. Now, it can be accessed through any Google Assistant-enabled device. This includes both iOS and Android devices, as Google Assistant has apps for both. Here is a brief video showing the Google Assistant integration.

The Google Assistant app also includes chat capabilities, meaning you can chat with Tali using your thumbs through the app. Here is a video showing time entry using chat.

Volm said that Tali will also soon be available on Slack, Once available, users will be able to interact with Tali and log their time directly through the Slack workspace, just as they would through am Amazon Echo or Google Home device. It will work with any Slack application for Macs, PCs, tablets and mobile devices. Here is a video showing the Slack integration:

“We’re really excited about this, as this allows us to expand beyond voice but still apply conversational UI to solve the problem around time tracking,” Volm said. “It’s a great solution for firms of all sizes that are already leveraging Slack as a productivity tool (or considering using it).”

Volm said that Tali is looking for law firms and organizations that want to beta test this functionality. Anyone interested should e-mail him at volm@threematts.com or chat with the company through its website at www.telltali.com.

Tali – the voice-driven time-entry application – now integrates with the Rocket Matter practice management platform, the two companies announced.

Tali enables lawyers to record their time using voice commands via the Amazon Echo or any Alexa-enabled device. With this integration, Rocket Matter subscribers will be able to use Tali to record their time by voice.

They will then be able to use Rocket Matter’s billing features to automatically generate invoices and payment links.

Using Tali, a lawyer can simply say, “Alexa, tell Tali I spend 12 minutes on a client phone call for Jones,” and the time will be recorded to the appropriate client matter.

Tali already integrates with Clio’s practice management platform.

Tali currently works via Amazon Alexa, but soon will also work with Microsoft Cortana and Google Assistant.

Tali Selected for SXSW

Tali also announced this week that it has been selected as an alternate in the Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies category for the 10th annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event.

The event is considered the marquee event of the Startup & Tech Sectors Track of the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals, which takes place March 9-18, 2018, in Austin.

Tali is one of 80 finalists and alternates slected from among more than 500 companies that applied to present at the SXSW Accelerator.

The two-day event is held the first weekend of SXSW, March 10 and 11. Winning startups from each category will be honored during a Sunday night awards ceremony.

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The ability to use voice commands to track time is about to take a big step forward with the imminent launch of Tali, a productivity assistant that allows lawyers and other professionals to track time using voice commands through the Amazon Echo or other Alexa-enabled device.

I wrote here about Tali in June, when it was still in pre-beta development. That post came just a month after I wrote about another Alexa-based time tracker, Workspace Assistant, a tool from Thomson Reuters Elite that similarly allows lawyers to perform time-management functions using voice commands. Whereas Workspace Assistant can be used only with Workspace, an enterprise-level product for large law firms, Tali is a freestanding application that can be used by anyone.

Matthew Volm, CEO of the Portland, Ore., startup ThreeMatts that is developing Tali, told me this week that the product will be formally unveiled at the Clio Cloud Conference Sept. 25 and 26 and then will become generally available on Oct. 1.

Tali will integrate with the Clio practice management platform so that time entered in Tali can be synchronized with Clio, matching activities, matters and clients. Volm said that his company is working on building integrations with other practice management platforms as well.

Tali will ship with both a free version and paid “Tali for Law” version for a subscription of $30 a month. The company is currently accepting pre-orders of Tali for Law for firms that want to help test it out. Firms that sign up for the 90-day trial period (at $90) receive a free Amazon Echo Dot.

The two differences in the paid version are that it includes the Clio integration and professional support (plus the free Echo Dot). For that reason, it is best suited for firms that use Clio.

How It Works

I have not used Tali but Volm gave me a brief demonstration. You can use it with any Alexa-enabled device and also through the Alexa app on a mobile phone.

I listened as Volm had the following exchange:

Volm: Alexa, open Tali.
Tali: Welcome to Tali, Matthew. Would you like to log an activity?
Volm: Log six hours for Jones.
Tali: Describe the activity.
Volm: Email to client regarding trial strategy and review six hours of discovery documentation.
Tali: I’ve recorded it. Yippee!

The entry immediately appears on Tali’s browser-based dashboard. Tali identified “Jones” as the client “Matt Jones” by pulling information from Clio. Time entries can be reviewed in the dashboard and, if need be, edited. They can then be synced to Clio, either individually or as a group. Once synced, the time entries are recorded in Clio.

Tali can also be used to start and stop a timer:

Volm: Alexa, tell Tali I’ve started Oregon state tax research for Thomson.
Tali: Got it. Let me know when you’re finished.
Volm: Alexa, tell Tali to stop.
Tali: Activity stopped and saved. Yippee!

So far, Tali does not allow you to run multiple timers. That is something Volm hopes to add. In the meantime, if you are, say, running a timer and a call comes in, you can simply tell her (Volm says Tali is a “her”) to record the time spent on the call. You cannot currently pause and resume a timer, but Volm says that capability will be added soon after commercial release.

I asked Volm how Tali handles identical or similar names. For example, what if you have two clients with the surname Collins? Volm said his company is building a business logic so that Tali will surface what she thinks is the most relevant match. If the match is wrong, you can edit it in the dashboard. Tali will learn from your activity and get better at making matches.

Although those who have the free version of Tali cannot sync to Clio, they still get access to all of their time records through the dashboard. The data can be viewed online or downloaded to a CSV file.

Volm has other enhancements in the works, including other methods to enter time and other integrations with third-party products.

Last month, I wrote about Workspace Assistant, a tool from Thomson Reuters Elite that allows lawyers to perform time-management functions using voice commands through the Amazon Echo or other Alexa-enabled device. Now, a second Alexa-based time tracking tool is coming to market, and it is making its debut Monday at Legaltech West Coast.

Tali, as it is called, is a productivity assistant powered by artificial intelligence that takes a hands-free, voice-first approach to time tracking and productivity management, say its developers. Unlike Workspace Assistant, which can be used only with Workspace, an enterprise-level product for large law firms, Tali is a freestanding application that can be used by anyone.

Tali is still in pre-beta development but its developers are currently accepting signups for an invite-only private beta and pre-orders from law firms that would like to participant. The company expects to launch its beta program this month and for it to last through the summer.

Matthew Volm, CEO of the Portland, Ore., startup ThreeMatts that is building Tali, tells me that when Tali officially launches, it will allow lawyers to:

  • Start and stop a timer with their voice.
  • Log historical time with their voice.
  • Use the Amazon Alexa mobile app to visually see what they’ve done throughout the day.
  • Ask at any point to have a timesheet delivered to their email inbox.

The company’s plans also call for Tali to integrate with time-and-billing and practice-management systems by the end of the year, although the company has not yet entered into any formal integration agreements with other companies.

“Once we build this integration layer, we’ll have eliminated the need for attorneys to manually log their time,” Volm said.

The idea for Tali, Volm said, came from his wife,  a civil litigator who, like so many lawyers, struggles with time entry.

“Our goal is to eliminate the pain and frustration for attorneys associated with logging time, which saves the firm money by decreasing administrative costs and increasing revenue by capturing billable time that was previously lost,” Volm said. “We estimate our solution can add $50k+ of margin per person per year through these measures.”

Tali will have an exhibit booth as part of the Start Up Pavilion at the Legalweek conference in San Francisco Monday and Tuesday. If you are attending, be sure to check them out.

If you are interested in participating in the beta, email Volm or sign up at www.TellTali.com.