Is Lexis Actually In The Legal Research Game Any More

Just running down the headlines of the following blog  we only find references to Westlaw and it’s not as if this blog is in the pockets of Westlaw if they have headlines such as  ..Westlaw Reps Don’t Know their A$$es From their Elbows When it Comes to WestlawNext Packages and Pricing

Before we let you skim the following headlines there are a couple of points to raise ..

A) Yes it is pretty rare to find a salesperson at either organization who know their “A$$es From Their Elbow” but the blame isn’t entirely on them as experience has taught HOB that the salespeople are sent out with a minimum of information and impossible sales targets to reach.. Sisyphean would be the word we’d use when looking at the tasks given to salespeople at both organisations

 

B) As we mention in the headline – where are Lexis or Bloomberg for that matter . Not a whisper. Can anybody enlighten us

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