Tap Into the Magic

Turning dreams into digital reality, for more than two decades.

Making Magic, Building Dreams​

We make “digital magic” for innovative legal departments and law firms seeking to become NewLaw organizations. Our forte is designing software to help NewLaw teams manage compliance,  review documents and automate complex work processes.

Offering Wizardry

We combine deep legal expertise with a savvy team of software engineers and operations professionals who have been together for decades. Our job, simply put, is to help make dreams happen, turning ideas into digital reality through well-crafted software hosted securely in the cloud. That’s digital magic.

Calling All Dreamers

We work with NewLaw dreamers, people who want to make legal processes more efficient and cost effective. Our clients are innovators, many of whom run the best legal departments and law firms in the world. They are driven to improve compliance workflow and automate repetitive tasks. They look to us to provide an experienced team who can build out their ideas.

Let’s Make Some Magic

If you are a legal innovator, or a NewLaw organization that wants to become more efficient and effective, let’s talk. We can help turn ideas into reality, with software you can put to work across offices, organizations and oceans.

Give us a call at 720-295-0822 or send an email to magic@merlindm.com to get started. We will make sure that the right wizards are summoned to make magic for your organization.

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

- Arthur C. Clarke

The Magic of Technology

Since the rise of the Internet, there have been two revolutionary advances in computing that are shaping the creation and delivery of software today. The first is the development of open source software. The second is the delivery of software through public cloud computing. One changed the way software was created, bringing thousands of developers together to create amazing programs, given away for free. The other dramatically reduced the costs of maintaining and delivering software.

Open Source Software

During the early days of computing, software came free with hardware. In later years, companies began charging separately for software and a multi-billion dollar market emerged. With the advent of Software as a Service (“SaaS”), one-time fees became yearly subscriptions, which continued in perpetuity. In each case, the source code for the software being licensed remained with the publisher. Some called it “closed source” software.

In the nineties, a Finnish data scientist by the name of Linus Torvalds released an alternative to the UNIX operating system which he called Linux. He did so under the free  GNU Public License, which made the underlying source code available for other developers to extend and improve on a collaborative basis. Within a matter of years, Linux became the leading operating system used across the Internet. 

Open Source
The Linux Penguin

People soon began calling this practice “open source” to emphasize that the software was not only free, but included the program source code, modifiable by the recipient. This was a big step. Suddenly volunteer developers located anywhere in the world could collaborate on new releases, or even branch the code into different versions. As we moved into the twenty-first century, this open collaboration became a key part of software development. In the case of Linux, to pick one example, more than 15,600 developers collaborated over the years to extend and enhance its code base.

Today more than 80% of the world’s Internet web servers run on open source software. Many programs use open source databases such as MySQL (now owned by Oracle) or PostgreSQL to manage program data. For full-text search, they use Lucene, or its offspring: ElasticSearch and Solr. The programming languages they use to develop these applications and many other proprietary programs are open source as well. Even the browser you are using to review this page is likely to be open source. Firefox is a product of the Mozilla Organization. Google’s Chrome browser came from its Chromium open source project. Microsoft’s new Edge browser, is based on Chromium as well.

Cloud Computing

The second revolution in computing began with Jeff Bezos realized that Amazon was not only good at selling books, but also at computing infrastructure. In the mid-2000s, Amazon launched what it called Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) to offer cloud computing in a new kind of way.

Cloud Computing
The power of the cloud

With AWS, Amazon turned the hosting paradigm upside down, inventing what many call the public cloud. As an alternative to colocation facilities, Amazon offered storage networks and computing power directly to the consumer—at rock bottom prices. Suddenly, users could securely store gigabytes of data for pennies a month. They could also call up one or hundreds of servers to run their programs. Equally important, they could turn off the servers when they were finished, reducing costs. And all of it could be done with a credit card, no long-term leases to sign.

The advantages are sufficiently strong that many SaaS providers use the public cloud in lieu of provisioning their own servers. Netflix, for example, stores massive amounts of data with AWS, and runs billions of transaction. Over 5,000 public agencies use the AWS as well. Google cloud customers include the megabank HSBC, Target, Twitter, Bloomberg, and eBay, to name a few. And Microsoft boasts many thousands of customers (outside Office 365) including Adobe, HP, Presence Health, and NBC News.

The Magic of Tomorrow

Open source software and public cloud computing have had a huge impact on modern computing. The open source revolution  changed how we create software. The public cloud revolution  changed how we deliver it. We link the two because open source software became the driving force that powered the public cloud. Together they are fueling a breakthrough in efficiency and cost effectiveness that looks to sweep across the legal profession next. 

We formed Merlin because we wanted to be part of the magic. We wanted to make Digital Magic for NewLaw organizations.

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