Qwest Communications, Carillion, and Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta among the first to swiftly adopt the patent-pending platform to support long-term technology strategies

HOUSTON, Sept. 29, 2010 – Datacert, Inc., the premier global provider of enterprise legal management solutions, today announced Passport™, its patent-pending, technology platform for the legal industry. Global companies, including Qwest Communications and Carillion plc, are among the dozen organizations that have already selected the platform. Passport was developed in response to market demands for legal system consolidation and advanced configuration and collaboration capabilities and enables even the most complex law departments to strategically tackle the challenges resulting from the excess of disparate legal applications in the market today.

"Passport is experiencing strong global market acceptance because a true technology platform, with the ability to simply configure and develop applications, is the missing link in the chain of legal technology solutions,” said Jim Tallman, president and chief executive officer, Datacert. "Datacert spent more than 18 months developing Passport with clients from Fortune Global 500 companies, law firms, and industry thought leaders, all of whom were instrumental in providing input, guidance, and testing. We are excited to now present Passport to the entire industry because it is completely different from any other solution in the market today. The possibilities it presents for lawyers to consolidate, manage, and evolve their portfolio of legal applications, without requiring the traditional programming and technical staff, will forever simplify the legal process.”

Passport allows clients to consolidate and integrate all their legal systems, including Datacert legal spend and matter management applications, clients’ existing best-in-class applications for things like eDiscovery, and third-party applications that have been built on Passport. By allowing legal departments to unite all their disparate applications onto a single platform, Passport enables visibility across the entire legal function and simplifies the way lawyers work.

The integrated Passport Collaboration Portal also allows inside and outside counsel to securely collaborate on anything, including budgets, timekeeper rates, accruals, matter updates, etc. However, law departments are not limited to Datacert’s pre-packaged collaboration offerings. With Passport, in-house and outside counsel can collaborate on anything by easily configuring custom forms of collaboration with the platform’s user-friendly tools.

"Within the past two years, pressure on in-house counsel has increased greatly and, to deal with new industry demands, integrating advanced collaboration technology is a step that all legal departments, large or small, must eventually take to ensure efficiency,” said Rich Baer, executive vice president, general counsel, and chief administrative officer, Qwest Communications. "In developing our long-term technology strategy, we selected Passport because it will bring all of our departments’ systems together in one place and has the capabilities to enhance collaboration internally and with outside counsel.”

"Today’s volatile global economy has elicited dramatic changes in the practice of law,” saidRich Seleznov, managing director and head of legal consulting’s strategic technology services,Huron Consulting Group. "To remain globally competitive, legal industry leaders must be willing to look beyond conventional approaches. Technologies that provide a flexible platform for change and operational efficiency will enable the adoption of the legal business models of the future.”

Passport is an excellent long-term technology investment as it enables law departments to evolve their solution as their needs change. To accomplish this, Passport provides:

A "legal framework” of reusable components, such as legal data and security models and page templates, that are pre-configured according to the legal industry’s best practices, enabling rapid development of new legal applications
A complete suite of user-friendly, visual toolkits that allow legal departments to make advanced configuration changes, test those changes, and even develop new custom applications on the platform, without requiring resources with advanced programming expertise

"As we continue to grow our business through expanding into new markets, it was apparent we required a straightforward solution that optimized visibility and collaboration, while helping us control legal costs,” said Richard Tapp, general counsel, Carillion. "After reviewing several solutions, we chose Passport because not only does it meet those needs, but its straightforward configuration and extensibility capabilities will allow the solution to grow with us. This level of flexibility and insurance against change means we will no longer have to manage multiple solutions, which, among other benefits, will improve the impact to our bottom line.”

Passport was developed based on feedback from Datacert’s client base, solution partners, and top industry thought leaders who all agreed that the legal technology landscape is overrun with point solutions and lacks opportunities for real collaboration. Passport solves this issue and provides legal professionals with a new, simplified way of integrating and managing systems, putting within easy reach considerable productivity benefits and a reduction in the total cost of ownership of legal systems.

Passport is immediately available. For more information, please contact Datacert at 800-780-3681 or e-mail  nasales@datacert.com (North American inquiries) or emeasales@datacert.com (international inquiries).

About Carillion plc

Carillion is one of the UK’s leading support services companies with a substantial portfolio of Public Private Partnership projects and extensive construction capabilities. The Group has annual revenue of around £5 billion, employs over 50,000 people and operates across the UK, in the Middle East, Canada and the Caribbean. In the UK, Carillion’s principal market sectors are Defence, Education, Health, Facilities Management & Services, Rail, Roads, Building, Civil Engineering and Utilities Services. In the Middle East, Carillion’s principal market sectors are Construction and Facilities Management. In Canada and the Caribbean, the Group’s main sectors are Health, Roads Maintenance and Construction. Carillion’s portfolio of equity investments in Public Private Partnership projects includes projects in the UK and Canada, particularly in the Defence, Education, Health and Transport sectors.

About Huron Consulting Group

Huron Consulting Group helps clients in diverse industries improve performance, comply with complex regulations, resolve disputes, recover from distress, leverage technology, and stimulate growth. The Company teams with its clients to deliver sustainable and measurable results. Huron provides services to a wide variety of both financially sound and distressed organizations, including leading academic institutions, healthcare organizations, Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized businesses, and the law firms that represent these various organizations. Learn more at www.huronconsultinggroup.com.