Handshake Software announces File and Document Converter for Microsoft’s Matter Center for Office 365

Alpharetta, Georgia – October 21, 2014 – Handshake Software, Inc., the market leading, award-winning provider of Microsoft SharePoint-based products and services to the legal market, today announced the availability of Handshake Converter, a new product that converts documents and other files from legacy document management systems such as HP iManage, OpenText eDOCS, file shares and others to Microsoft SharePoint, both on premise and online with Office 365. As a result, the converted documents and files will also work with Matter Center for Office 365, Microsoft’s new legal document management and collaboration solution.

“Handshake Software is one of our strategic partners” said Nishan DeSilva, senior director within Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs group. “We are pleased, that based on their lengthy involvement and leadership position with SharePoint in the legal market, they are ready today to help law firms migrate to Matter Center for Office 365.”

Some Handshake Converter product highlights include:

SharePoint Site Provisioning: Automatically provisions SharePoint Sites for Clients and Matters based on the law firm’s information from Elite, Aderant and other practice management systems.

Document Information: Converts the related document information including custom columns from iManage, eDOCS, and other document and file shares systems.

Security: Converts complex and multiple security scenarios including Access Control Lists, ethical walls and individual document security.

SharePoint Compatibility: Transforms file names and folder names from legacy systems to ensure compatibility with SharePoint naming convention and allowed characters.

Flexible Migration: Supports multiple conversion strategies including hybrid environments and immediate, on-the-fly conversion.

With Handshake Software products, law firms have the option of not having to convert all documents at one time. Handshake supports conversion strategies that suit firm requirements by, for example, converting one office at a time or one practice area at a time. Handshake Software Converter products can bridge the two systems providing a combined Client-centric or Matter-centric view for lawyers of documents in Matter Center and in the Legacy document management system.

“We have been collaborating with Microsoft and the SharePoint solution in the legal market for the past 13 years and are very enthusiastic to partner with them to accelerate the law firm adoption of Microsoft Matter Center,” stated Doug Horton, Handshake Software CEO. “Handshake Converter will open up Matter Center to many law firms who are challenged with efficient document conversion and migration.

The product information sheet can be viewed here: Handshake Converter Product Sheet

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About Handshake Software
Handshake Software is the market leading and award-winning provider of SharePoint-based products and services to the legal market including portals, enterprise search and mobility solutions. Handshake leverages existing firm investments in practice & financial managements systems, CRM, ECM and DMS by delivering powerful system integrations with Microsoft Office and SharePoint. Handshake Software greatly reduces the time, effort and cost of integrating and presenting business information with Microsoft SharePoint, Search, Microsoft Office and mobile devices. Other business benefits include rapid deployment, reduction of overall risk, unparalleled flexibility and integrated security. Handshake clients include 50+% of the AmLaw 100, 45+% of the AmLaw 200 and NLJ 350, with total users exceeding 100,000 across 10 countries. The company was named 2011 Innovative Vendor of the Year by the International Legal Technology Association’s (ILTA) annual Distinguished Peer Awards. Handshake Software is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and member of the Microsoft Business-Critical SharePoint Program. For more information about Handshake Software, visit

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(850) 459-4947

Company contact:
Glenn LaForce, Handshake Software
(770) 777-0920

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