Expert Framework, Aderant Expert’s legal software architecture, enables firms to continually benefit from new functionality and technology without having to replace their existing business system infrastructure. Built with industry-standard technologies from Microsoft, it provides firms with a proven, open, and future-proofed foundation for their technology investments.
The Foundation for Success
New legal software technology can have a tremendously positive impact on a firm’s performance. It can also be highly disruptive.
To buffer our clients from the disruptive effects of new technology, Aderant developed a flexible technology foundation for Aderant Expert – Expert Framework. Expert Framework leverages standards based technologies from trusted technology leaders such as Microsoft to enable our clients to have complete control on extending their Expert product investment and progressively have access to – and benefit from – new technologies; without requiring radical changes to their existing infrastructure or undergoing painful system conversions.
Optimizing Access to Unified Data
While firms run on accurate, up-to-date information, gathering, managing, and accessing that data can be challenging. Expert Framework legal software uses cutting edge technology in SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 R2 to organize and deliver both transactional write optimized as well as reporting and analytical read optimized data.
Write optimized systems utilize the best normalized relational database in the industry, while our highly customizable cube technology leads the way in how to efficiently deliver information to the people who need it.
Additionally, the Service Oriented Architecture delivers open and event based interfaces allowing firms to easily integrate their own data capture, integration, or extraction requirements.
Easy to Use and Deploy
Firm professionals want legal software solutions that are easy to use, while IT personnel want applications that are easy to deploy and manage.
Expert Framework uses an industry-standard, XAML-based user interface model to help firms accomplish both objectives. A set of tools tightly linked in Windows Server 2008 R2 AppFabric capability provides a seamless means to administer desktops and all servers/services.
Customize and Extend
Firms typically configure their legal software systems to optimize their business or gain competitive advantage. This may be through effective coordination of discreet systems or through the customization of the Aderant Expert data, services, or user interface.
For integration, Expert Framework’s managed service-oriented environment shares reusable Aderant Expert application components to provide a common and reliable way of coordinating their systems.
For data, business logic, and the user interface, Expert Framework provides simple wizards that allow the easy extension of the database, the services, and the business rules, while also enabling firms to modify or even create new user screens that can be seamlessly integrated into core or new applications and requirements, all based on the latest Microsoft .NET 4 capabilities.
Streamline and Automate
More and more firms are implementing workflow legal software to streamline and automate key business processes. These technologies, however, are often complex and difficult to implement.
Aderant is taking a different approach to workflow, allowing firms to use existing solutions integrated or enhanced using Expert Framework’s carefully enhanced implementation of the Microsoft .NET 4 Windows Workflow Foundation development tools. The latest release introduces even more capabilities for the workflow process and administration, leveraging significant development by both Microsoft and Aderant in this very strategic technology.