International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that it has been named a 2013 KM Reality Award finalist by KMWorld, the leading publisher, conference organizer and information provider serving the knowledge management, content management and document management markets. The KM Reality award recognizes organizations “in which knowledge management is a positive reality” and that demonstrate “leadership in the implementation of knowledge management practices and processes by realizing measurable business benefits.”

The finalist recognition specifically points to Dorsey’s recent development, partnering with enterprise search provider BA Insight, of a KM solution that could be built on top of its current SharePoint platform and provide Dorsey lawyers and staff with a powerful new enterprise search tool that leverages existing IT infrastructure. The new solution, rolled out in 2013, is called Swift. Swift requires minimal training and acts as a powerful client-service tool permitting Dorsey lawyers and staff to identify, gather and sort very quickly and efficiently all electronic information, resources, documentation, best practices forms and checklists, deal and litigation experience lists and other files stored anywhere in Dorsey’s data systems.

“Swift is a great new tool that provides an overarching link to all of the Firm’s KM systems from our cloud-based document management system, to our servers to our extensive intranet,” said Dorsey Partner Stuart Hemphill, who also serves as the Firm’s Knowledge Management Partner. “We are a knowledge-based business, and it takes continual investment and innovation to fulfill our promise to clients that wherever they touch Dorsey around the globe, the lawyers and staff serving them are able to tap efficiently into the best collective knowledge we have to offer. This recognition from KMWorld is a real tribute to the lawyers and staff at Dorsey who help fulfill that client promise every day and the IT department and vendor collaboration that made it possible.”

The winners of the KM Reality awards will be formally announced on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the 2013 KMWorld Conference at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, D.C. For more on the 2013 KMWorld Reality Awards, see the November/December 2013 issue of the KMWorld on-line newsletter. Link: