AkzoNobel Selects Datacert Passport to Elevate Strategic Insight into Global Operations

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. 
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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 
business requirements. 
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 nasales@datacert.com (North American inquiries) or 
emeasales@datacert.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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