Made in Oklahoma: iDea Mills Technologies

  • Address: 320 S Boston Ave., Suite 1119, Tulsa.
  • Web address: www.ideamilltechnologies.com.
  • Employees: Five.
  • Key personnel: Simon Aleman Jr., president and chief executive officer.
  • Founded: 2006.
  • Key product or service: Breeze, digital imaging software for the litigation sector of the legal field.
  • Background: iDea Mill Technologies founder Simon Aleman operates what he calls a “litigation support” business called The inCase Group, which provides a menu of services such as eDiscovery, document imaging, trial consulting, strategy planning, para-legal services and case organization planning to litigation law firms.

However, Aleman's background included software development and the creation of software that improved 911 dispatching. So when he was approached by a company to develop software to tie a touch-screen copier hardware interface to litigation-database software, he jumped in.

"I couldn't get software development out of my blood.” he said.

"I just loved the software business, but I had yet to find a worthy project. In developing those products, we saw the need for a desktop application. Breeze grew out of that.”

Breeze converts all kinds of documents into digital images that can be managed at a desktop computer. It converts files to and from PDF images and TIFF files, which also are a form of image file. It also puts serial numbers on documents and performs optical character recognition so text in the image can be edited, as well as other functions.

"It's the Swiss Army knife for law firms and paralegals,” Aleman said. "Breeze has created a national buzz.”
iDea Mill has tapped into a $1.2 billion market that has a nationwide scope. iDea Mill's customers include two of the nation's 200-largest law firms and one of the top 25, Aleman said.

Aleman said Merrill Corp., a national legal-consultation firm, recently named Breeze as a Tier-One solution, an honor given only to two other products.

"All of this is confirmation of what we already knew: The legal field needs and wants Breeze,” he said iDea Mill recently received a $100,000 Technology Business Finance Program award from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, a matching fund that requires recipients to raise funds to match the award.

Daily Oklahoman Business Writer Jim Stafford

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