I try to avoid spending too much time at LegalTech looking at applications. I am much more interested in talking and listening to people, and three days is just not long enough to fit everything in. I generally limit my viewing to those whom I know or those who have something particularly new or exciting to offer, particularly if relevant to the UK market. Inevitably, they all think that their latest addition to functionality is both new AND exciting, and all reckon that their new release is just what the UK needs, including some who could not find the UK on an atlas.
I will go and see Nuix 3, however, partly for its own sake and partly to catch up with Nuix CEO Eddie Sheehy whom I met in Sydney at last year’s Ark Group conference there – one of those people who pours out ideas and enthusiasm in a way which, I suspect, would-be buyers find both infectious and persuasive.
In that respect he rather resembles the Nuix website which, although in fact well-structured when you look closely, gives the impression at first sight that there is so much to say that is exciting that it must all go on the home page. In a market where you would think that every clever tag line has been used, you may like the one which reads “Get attorneys the answers they want when they want them — not next week”.
Nuix does seem to empower those who use it – I was first shown it by James Moeskops at Millnet in London when it first came out (that is a Nuix screenshot on their home page), and both Millnet and 7Safe, who also make good use of it, seem to have flourished – though I cannot prove a connection.
7Safe, incidentally, will be at LegalTech, amongst a larger UK contingent than we have seen there recently. They host Anacomp’s CaseLogistix as well as using Nuix, and will be there to keep those connections warm as well as to meet those who may want to use their services in the EU.