LexisNexis announced this morning that it has decided to “sunrise” the billing component of Billing Matters. Previously, they had announced the sunset of the entire Billing Matters program at the end of 2013. Today’s announcement means that they will continue with their plans to sunset the accounting portion of the program but retain and further develop the billing portion.
I welcome this announcement. Over the years, I have installed Billing Matters for many of my clients as a companion to Time Matters. Billing Matters is easy to use, does everything most smaller firms need in a billing program and fully and seamlessly works with Time Matters. I rarely implemented the accounting portion of the program, primarily because Billing Matters was initially released without accounting and I had found that the QuickBooks link worked so well. In fact, Billing Matters has one of the industry’s best links to QuickBooks. It allows all billing functions to take place in Billing Matters while payables and general ledger information are sent to QuickBooks.
Personally, I have suggested this solution from the moment LexisNexis announced the sunset of Billing Matters. Collectively, Lawtopia made a coordinated push this year, asking LexisNexis to keep the billing component of Time Matters. I suspect other consultants made similar appeals. All along, our reasoning was that the billing functions of Billing Matters work very well and it is the best solution for small firms using Time Matters. Many of us had personal reasons as well – we use it for our own billing.
I can already hear the naysayers regarding this announcement. They will say that LexisNexis is changing its mind – again. They will say that this is happening because LexisNexis was unable to make the link between Time Matters and PCLaw work as promised. Those statements may be true but the fact remains that this is the right decision. If you believe that the original decision was a mistake, can you really fault LexisNexis for correcting that mistake? When was the last time a large corporation actually listened to its customers and reversed a management decision?
If you would like more information, here is a link to an FAQ from LexisNexis regarding the announcement. Now that Billing Matters is back, I am looking forward to writing a series of blog posts detailing some of my favorite features of Billing Matters.Billing Matters, Time Matters