Essential Trade Secrets:  Threat and the Common Thread

Question: What do General Motors, Goodyear, Motorola, DuPont and Panera Bread all have in common? While this may sound like the setup for a terrible punch-line, the reality is far from a joking matter. Within the last 10 years, these companies, along with scores of others, have fallen victim to trade secret theft, an increasingly prevalent corporate incursion that puts core corporate assets and  billions in future revenues at risk.
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Technology + Work Culture

Today’s advanced technologies are making waves as they create greater business potential for companies and their stakeholders. As they are developed and integrated into the modern workplace, they are not only impacting business in a collective sense (i.e., its ability to generate more revenue), but are also inevitably affecting business culture. We have seen how widespread consumer technologies have the potential to transform society on a number of fronts, but how do advanced business technologies affect professionals, their goals and work priorities?
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The Year for Operational Effectiveness

Whether in our business or personal lives, and in spite of end-of-year “quarterbacking,” the turn of the year presents a welcoming blank slate that allows us to focus on the fresh opportunities of the 12 months ahead. Planning for the new year is both a time for reflection and planning, focusing on setting our own priorities, as well as those of our businesses. Which operational objectives will you focus on in the new year to help drive success?
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Trade Secrets and the New Normal

Important New Guidelines for Employees and Employers Some time has now passed since the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) was signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016. The DTSA ushered in a broad set of new protections for corporate trade secret misappropriation and – notably – new enforcement mechanisms. Though the DTSA addressed a number of important gaps in law and jurisprudence, it also introduced a number of little known and understood requirements that impose important challenges and obligations on innovation-based businesses.
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The Fall 2016 Solution Accelerator Conference

Hyperion concludes another successful Solution Accelerator! Hyperion was proud to conclude last week’s one-of-a-kind event – the Solution Accelerator Conference – to great success. The one-day conference delivers unparalleled access to industry leaders, solution providers, innovators and best practices in a single, unified, highly-interactive forum focused on success in Legal Operations and Performance Management.
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Conquering the Challenges of User Adoption

User adoption represents the most critical factor for successful technology deployment and ROI   For legal organizations in the process of implementing new technology solutions, we’re all too painfully aware of the challenges of adoption and motivating users to use new technology effectively. This challenge lies at the core of ROI.  Historically, many of these adoption obstacles have often hinged on letdowns by the systems, especially as they relate to user experience.   Users expect an experience that that jives with and complements their ingrained work routines, and often the simplest, often overlooked, factors, such as searching for their matters, can derail a new deployment.  Other difficulties with adoption have had more to do with simple human apathy, such as attorney reluctance.
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Automating for Impact

While traditional workflow use cases remain highly valued, practice automation gains in attraction   Competition among legal organizations, as well as challenges from non-traditional legal providers, creates incentives to introduce value by embracing process automation.  Historically, many law firms focused on process automation for New Matter Intake processes because of the enormous evident risk associated with bringing on new clients and new work, and intake persists as among the highest value and impact workflows to the firm’s business.  After all, higher levels of consistency, auditability and visibility into how business is brought on board has provided a solid foundation for addressing additional business processes focused on specific areas of legal operations.
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Law, Technology and the Social Network

Shopping for legal technology is often a matter of relying on the experience of others The market for legal technologies is ever-active—and ever-expanding. Recent market data is very clear on the strong drive for investment in Cloud-based technology, workflow and automation tools, analytics and collaboration platforms. As the technologies grow ever more sophisticated to match the businesses they support, and the number of options and approaches multiply, it is more critical than ever – and the risks more pronounced than ever – that legal organizations assess their needs diligently and strive to select new and upgrade technology as thoughtfully —and with as much information—as possible.
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Is There Safety in Mobile?

The challenges of securing mobile while supporting the anytime, anywhere workforce Mobility in the workplace is no longer just a concept or a talking point. For legal professionals, the use of smartphones and tablets have become ingrained into our way of working. Whether traveling, accessing information quickly when away from the desk or just checking in on the status of matters after-hours, for many of us, the use of handheld devices for professional purposes is not simply routine but required.
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Operational Opportunities of Reporting

Legal Sees Potential in Data—Yet Some Remain Unsure What That Potential Is   A legal organization has a number of essential functions, and reporting is most assuredly one of them. In fact, the data streams and visualization methods we create to frame and understand complex legal practices and their impact represent the most tangible outputs organizations use to gauge the progress and success of operations. In essence, reporting is the lifeblood to making more informed and sound business decisions.
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