The Importance of Innovation in Legal Technology

The business-aligned model of Enterprise Legal Management requires a sophisticated IT infrastructure. It also requires an improved attitude about the integration of technology into the day-to-day operations of the corporate legal function.  Traditionally, law departments have been reticent to adopt technologies into their daily operations. However, as those operational demands increase and a generational legal-management changeover occurs, we see attitudes and expectations about the role of technology shifting.
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When Will The Legal Vertical Be Disrupted?

So many industries other than law have experienced disruption in recent years that, paradoxically, disruption has become almost commonplace.
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The Metamorphosis: Law Firm Version

Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, begins with its protagonist waking up to find himself transformed into a hideous insect. The novella chronicles his attempt to cope with this vexing transformation, especially as it relates to those close and familiar to him. Could this be the fate of law firms?
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How Important is Collaboration for Lawyers?

“Collaboration” as applied to lawyers is like “student athlete” to big-time college football and basketball players: more feel-good myth than reality. Because lawyers—like elite athletes—have been taught that competition yields winners and losers; theirs is a zero sum game. Yes, there are teams/firms, and one is encouraged to be a good teammate/colleague, but star ballers become pros just as top lawyers are paid like them.
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The Reluctant Rise of Project Management in Law

Snapshot: Project Managers in the U.S. versus the UK According to the Altman Weil Flash Survey “Law Firms in Transition 2014,” 41.3% of the law firms surveyed (including 42% of the 350 largest US law firms) reported that training in Project Management (“PM”) is key to increased efficiency in legal service delivery. The surprise is that 58% of the surveyed firms do not recognize the key role PM plays. The numbers are markedly different across the pond where large law firms have routinely deployed project managers for several years. The countries’ different regulatory climates might account for the disparity; the UK’s green light to alternative business structures (“ABS”) has infused their law firms with a more business-like approach to legal service delivery.
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SNEAK PEEK: Value, Priority and Investment in Legal ECM

Hyperion Research is preparing to release our MarketViewTM Report: Document Management Systems for Legal, updated for 2015.  As a high priority solution area, DMS is critical to how legal professionals create, manage and use their work product. Our coverage focuses on core document management capabilities, with a view of the broader context that clients are seeking from solutions that address the array of specialized content management needs, including structured and unstructured content.
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Global E-Billing: Global Access and Data Privacy

Every step of the e-billing process, regardless of region, must be controlled through a combination of transport-level technologies and process-level controls. E-Billing programs must provide security against data vulnerabilities, including between physical and logical processing process steps. Suitable security related measures must be employed to ensure that trusted processes cannot be compromised.
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The Continuing Reality of Transformation for Corporate Legal

Corporate law departments are in the midst of an active period of transformation.  Driven in large part by the new demands on the General Counsel, today’s law departments are expected to serve a business function, as much as they are their traditional legal roles. From 2010, when we first endorsed the term Enterprise Legal Management, ELM has become a recognized management discipline and a strategic objective for corporate law departments.
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