Article at Computerworld. (h/t: Bill Henderson) Excerpt:
I've never been a big fan of professional advisers. Call me a skeptic, but I've never really felt that lawyers and accountants add much value. Rather they're mainly about avoiding risk. To make matters even worse, they have a tendency to charge like wounded bulls for (often) fairly intangible results. Who hasn't, on occasion, received a big fat bill from a lawyer, only to scratch one's head as to how that final figure was calculated?
For that past couple of years, software startup Viewabill has been trying to deliver some clarity in terms of those bills. It is a simple enough system -- Viewabill delivers a platform that lets clients see what happens across all of the different attorneys or law firms they use, in real time. Viewabill is like a (virtual) cab meter for legal activity.
While it may not make those six minute increments any cheaper, it goes a long way toward giving clients comfort as to how many of those increments a particular piece of work requires. It also changes the traditional model of attorney/client relationship ....