The May 2008 edition of Canadian Lawyer magazine features an article by Gerry Blackwell on how lawyers are using wikis to collaborate and organize.
ThoughtFarmer customer Hicks Morley was interviewed extensively for this article. An excerpt:
After looking at six or eight products last summer, [Hicks Morley] settled on ThoughtFarmer (www.thoughtfarmer.com), server-based software from Vancouver’s OpenRoad Communications Ltd.
Colman is pleased with the decision. “One of the lessons we’ve learned is that it’s really important to select a tool that’s very easy to use. We did look at some products that had tons of features but we thought they would be too overwhelming [for users]. That’s why we picked ThoughtFarmer — it’s intuitive, it has a nice clean look, and it’s easy to pick up.”
Colman also liked the Web 2.0 features that some other products didn’t have, such as RSS (really simple syndication) as a mechanism for notifying participants of changes, and tagging, a simple way to group pages by subject or theme making it easier to browse a document base. ThoughtFarmer also lets individual Hicks Morley users set up their own personal wikis to store links and documents they use all the time. It also lets them search for documents across all of the firm’s wikis.
After running a six-week ThoughtFarmer pilot project with one small practice group, the firm gave Colman the go-ahead to roll the product out across the firm. She is now helping transfer already-built wikis from DominoWiki to ThoughtFarmer, and to build new ones.
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