Responding to the needs of today's professional firms and
their clients, DDI expanded the ability to monitor and bill time by task
in 1995. While DDI had the foresight to include task based management
when the software was introduced in 1986, it was never used to its fullest
potential. Now, clients are requiring firms to provide this information
and to base charges on both the type of task and level of the professional
performing the work. Small, as well as large firms, to remain competitive,
must monitor how time is being spent in order to maximize efficiency,
cut costs and provide accountability.
DDI accomodates all Uniform Task Codes developed by a committee including
the American Bar Association, American Corporate Counsel and Price Waterhouse.
DDI software was the first fully integrated time, billing and practice management
system to incorporate all three levels of the coding structure (Phase, Task
and Activity) into their billing, budgeting and scheduling programs. With
up to three levels for analyzing time, a firm can make the system as simple
or as complex as needed to analyze time and satisfy individual client's
billing requirements. The software maintains historical information for
up to 100 years enabling a firm to compare past billings and budget future
fees. Task based management functions are designed to work for any type
or size of firm or client. Once time and expenses are entered, DDI does
- Litigation Codes
- Bankruptcy Codes
- Counseling Codes
- Project Codes
The system allows for a broad range of specialized billing arrangements
and bill formats that can be customized for any client or matter. Firms
can continue to set up their own unique coding structure or use in combination
with the recommended uniform task codes.
- Itemized or summary bills by task, timekeeper or a combination.
- Blended hourly rates with ability to assign unique rates to each task
based on the client or timekeeper.
- Standardized narrative for any task or activity.
- Tracking of non-chargeable time such as client development or seminars.
- Billing of individual expenses on a direct or percentage basis.
- Budgeting and scheduling by task and class of timekeeper.
- A wide variety of reporting including analysis of labor costs.
- Ability to transfer billing information to other products.
- Validation of UTMBS activity codes