AkzoNobel Selects Datacert Passport to Elevate Strategic Insight into Global
Datacert's global expertise, best practices, and robust technology drove
company's decision to select Passport
HOUSTON, April 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Datacert, Inc., the premier global provider of
enterprise legal management solutions, today announced that AkzoNobel, a
leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty
chemicals, headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has selected
Passport(®) Matter Management and Legal Spend Management to add more
efficiency and accountability to its legal department operations. The
selection supports the continuation of an intensive modernization effort by
the company's legal department, which includes the recent successful
completion of an extensive knowledge management initiative.
AkzoNobel selected Datacert based on its global expertise, best practices, and
technology leadership. With Passport Matter Management and Legal Spend
Management, AkzoNobel will be able to introduce more strategic insight and
process into its legal operations. The company will also implement the
Passport Data Warehouse, Outlook(®) Module, Global eBilling Tax Compliance
Module, and internal time tracking capabilities. Additionally, the company
will integrate Passport with CPi, AkzoNobel's intellectual property management
system, and with its internal procurement system to meet mandated corporate
According to Robin Hall, Senior Counsel at AkzoNobel, "Following the
successful rollout of the Legal Academy, our new knowledge management program,
we are continuing our legal department modernization efforts by introducing
additional technology and processes that will allow us to strategically source
and evaluate legal operations. After a comprehensive RFP and vendor
evaluation process, we determined that Datacert was the company that could
meet our long-term needs. We selected Datacert for its unique ability to
truly support global ebilling, its comprehensive portfolio of best practices,
critical capabilities such as behind-the-firewall deployment, and its
extensive training program offered by the Datacert Learning Institute."
Passport will be deployed in the first half of 2013 to AkzoNobel legal
operations in the Netherlands, UK, and US. Following this initial rollout,
the Passport implementation will be extended to the remaining 12 countries
around the world where AkzoNobel has legal staff.
"The complexities of global legal operations demand a robust technology
foundation that can meet AkzoNobel's growing and evolving requirements. With
our long-established presence in Europe, advanced global ebilling
capabilities, and in-depth knowledge of legal operations, only Datacert has
the expertise and worldwide presence to meet and exceed AkzoNobel's needs,"
said Jim Tallman, president and chief executive officer, Datacert.
Passport complements AkzoNobel's efforts to create a more efficient and
accountable legal department. With it, the company will have insight into
legal operations that enables effective management of global projects,
operational structure, personnel, and internal processes. Passport Matter
Management and Legal Spend Management, combined with capabilities such as
internal time tracking and integration with Outlook, will allow the company to
improve efficiencies and obtain a higher-level view of business by giving a
complete picture of in-house and outside counsel operations. This includes
the ability to easily ascertain firm engagements and workloads, assignments,
and capacities in relation to their businesses worldwide.
With the Passport Data Warehouse, AkzoNobel will have comprehensive reporting
capabilities across data from Passport and external systems. For example,
with the planned integration of data from AkzoNobel's IP management system
into the Passport Data Warehouse, the company will be able to analyze
intellectual property data in context with its legal matter and spend data.
By uniting multiple sources of data, AkzoNobel will gain new insight into the
management of matters, risk and spend.
For more information about Passport, please contact Datacert at 800-780-3681
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (North American inquiries) or
email@example.com (international inquiries).
About AkzoNobel AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and
a major producer of specialty chemicals. AkzoNobel supplies industries and
consumers worldwide with innovative products and is passionate about
developing sustainable answers for its customers. AkzoNobel's portfolio
includes well-known brands, such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, and Eka.
Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, AkzoNobel is consistently ranked
as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more
than 80 countries, the company's 50,000 people around the world are committed
to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today(TM).
About Datacert, Inc.
Datacert is a global technology innovator and the premier provider of
enterprise legal management software and services that empower corporate
legal, compliance, and risk departments and claims organizations to operate
more efficiently, support changing business needs and global workforces, and
collaborate with external service providers. Datacert's offerings include its
patent-pending technology platform, Passport(®), solutions to manage legal
matters, mitigate risk, and control legal and claims spend, as well as
innovative business intelligence offerings for organizations that require
advanced legal decision support. Datacert solutions are used by Fortune 500
and Fortune Global 500 corporations, 100 percent of the AmLaw 200, and
thousands of legal suppliers around the world. Headquartered in Houston,
Texas with offices throughout North America, EMEA, and APAC, Datacert has law
firm, vendor, and agent connections in more than 150 countries. Visit
http://www.datacert.com for more information and follow us on Twitter for
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