The short answer is: No. For two reasons. First if I were starting out all over again, I would get involved in cloud computing. That’s where the future is. The money may not be as good as with traditional fat clients, but that’s where everybody is going. It is extremely unlikely that we will see another fat client program emerge to challenge LexisNexis, Amicus, Tabs/Practice Master, etc.
The second is that although I have not been involved directly with TimeMatters for several years, in following the listservs and talking with fellow consultants, it seems clear that TM is going nowhere.
New versions continue to sport inexplicable bugs. Bugs are normal in any new version, but you generally expect them in new features. Apparently TM 12 has a bug in the calendaring routine which prevents dates (read: court dates) from scheduling correctly if they fall on a weekend. “The software ate my appointment” is not generally an acceptable excuse as far as judges are concerned.
I continue to believe that since there are no programmers left at TimeMatters who have any historical knowledge of the code (i.e., older than 2-3 years) and since TimeMatters has outsourced some programming, that they have lost control of the code and could not really fix it even if they were willing to invest the time and money to do so, which there is no evidence that they are willing to do.
Lastly, there are repeated rumors that LexisNexis plans to spin off TimeMatters. At the NY LegalTech show, in the huge LN booths, TimeMatters and PCLaw were reduced to sharing a single terminal. That tells you something.