Legal Technology Musings

It’s annual survey time and the results are in!

Law Firms [Slowly] in Transition provides a summary of the the Altman Weil review of law firms and the challenges they face. Sadly those challenges seem to have changed little over the years – price competition, commoditization of legal work, outsourcing, etc. However, most interesting are the results of the question asking “Can you envision a law-focused ‘Watson’ replacing any of the following timekeepers in your firm in the next 5 to 10 years?” and how this year’s results compare to the same question in previous years. Hint: the percentage of those who think it can are rising.

Highlights from the Just-Published ILTA 2015 Technology Survey reveals that security and mobile usage and mobile device management are top of mind for many firms. Surprisingly, the percentage of firms not using a knowledge management system is still high, but kudos to the high percentage (46%) of firms that are using enterprise social networking tools for internal or external communications.

Finally a pat on the back is in order for the first firm to pass the legal technology audit – A Firm Finally Passed The Legal Tech Audit. Perhaps others will follow suit! Not surprising that training was the key to passing.


About Cheryl Niemeier

Cheryl Niemeier is Director of Knowledge & Research Services at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. Ms. Niemeier received her Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1986 and her Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1981. Ms. Niemeier has held multiple professional leadership positions in local, regional and national library associations. She frequently speaks at professional association conferences and continuing legal education seminars. Ms. Niemeier has authored multiple articles and seminar publications.
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