Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a contact and project management system (see article below), the smallest laser printer, an online document storage service, an iOS calendar app, and a lawyer directory. Don't miss the next issue.
Manage Your Tasks at Warp Speed
Legal project management. The final frontier. To boldly go where few law firms tread. Bold indeed because while many pundits have proclaimed legal project management the next big thing, they never get into the specifics. Dare I say that's illogical. Just as you can't write a brief these days without word processing software, you can't manage projects — especially those involving a team — without software. A product named after perhaps the boldest mission ever undertaken by humankind may help your law firm rocket into project management.
Apollo … in One Sentence
Applicom's Apollo is a web-based contact and project management application.
The Killer Feature
Most task management applications limit you to personal tasks. Some enable you to delegate tasks. Apollo offers two additional task types — contact-related and project-related.
For example, you might remind yourself to submit your billable time for the week, assign a research project related to a matter to a junior associate, and remind yourself to book a lunch reservation to meet with a client who has no active matters but may soon.
Other Notable Features
Apollo enables you to filter tasks so that you can see only your personal tasks, tasks related to a matter, etc. Other views exist in your dashboard such as active tasks and overdue tasks. If you delegate tasks to others, you can monitor their progress. As you would expect from a project management system, you can set milestones for projects.
Because tasks don't occur in a vacuum, you'll also find other tools. The calendar enables you to schedule events and receive email alerts. Apollo can store your contacts and documents. You can connect contacts, documents, and events to tasks and projects, enabling you to view tasks by contact and on your calendar. Apollo also features an interactive timer. Start a timer connected to a matter to track the time you spend.
What Else Should You Know?
Apollo can import projects from Basecamp as well as contacts from wherever you currently store them (Outlook, Salesforce, etc.). You can choose from four plans that vary by storage and number of projects and users of the contact management tools. All plans offer unlimited users of the project management tools. Prices range from $23 to $148 per month. Learn more about Apollo.
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