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Jump into Fall with Onit

With the impending Labor Day weekend upon us so ends another summer. In Texas, this is somewhat of a blessing as temperatures finally start to drop below triple digits. September brings a return to school, football season and hopefully cooler weather. At Onit, the fall will bring a number exciting new updates, announcements and feature upgrades to further enhance your user experience.

Virtually Onit - Visit us Online Sept. 23 & Sept. 30

Join us this month at Virtual Legal Tech on Sept. 23 and Virtual Corporate Counsel on September 30 for an opportunity to learn more about Onit, our team and the upcoming launch of our premium subscriptions. You’ll even have a chance to do some early holiday shopping - register to win a $200 Apple gift card at our booth.

Click Onit - New UI Coming in October

This fall we will be launching our new user interface that is unlike any in the industry. The new UI was designed with each user in mind. Now, you’ll be in control. You will have the power to decide how you view and manage your projects, legal and otherwise. Stay tuned for more details.

Launch Onit – Premium Subscriptions Coming in November

We’re pleased to announce our premium modules are coming this November. Sign-up now for a free trial and join the thousands of legal and business professionals already using Onit to manage their projects. Registration only takes a few minutes.

As always, please continue to send us your comments, questions and concerns. You can also visit our community to see what other Onit members have to say.

Legal Project Budgeting

I had some preconceived notions about budgeting for legal projects going into the design phase for the Onit legal budgeting set of features.

First, I believed that our primary market, corporate legal departments with $1 to $6 billion in revenue, would want their law firms to create and submit a budget. After all, that is what the Fortune 500 market wants. Second, I believed that our primary market would want detailed budgets, at least at the phase level. After all, Fortune 500 corporate legal departments want to budget at even a greater level of detail. Both of these preconceived notions were wrong. And not just a little, but 100% wrong.

For a market that does very little budgeting today, a little bit of functionality goes a long way. As a result, we will deliver life of project and annual budgeting capabilities and skip the detail for now. Budgets, while they can be informed by law firm input, will really be created by the corporation. It is clear the general counsel in these companies rely much more on the expertise and opinion of their own employees about project costs than they do their vendors.

We have learned a couple of other things that would be more helpful than more detail. In addition to providing budget to actual comparisons,  we will also be trying to extract some meta data about the invoice and the project at the time of invoice submission by the law firm and invoice approval by the inside project owner. Specifically, knowing what your spend is compared to your budget is not that meaningful unless you also know where your project is compared to its estimated completion. For instance, knowing that you are at 50% in a project is enhanced by the knowledge that you are 67% through with the legal work on the project. Your budget to actual comparison is now informed in a very meaningful way.

So in addition to collecting an invoice, we will also want to know whether there is a new estimate for project completion costs or date. These are relatively simple things to collect in our model with value that far exceeds the cost to collect.
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