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How the Modern Cloud Levels the Playing Field for Small and Midsized Law Firms

Dan DosenLaw firms of all sizes are under constant pressure to adapt to changing client demands and an evolving workplace. They need to do this while enabling the effective creation and sharing – as well as the security and governance – of their work product. 

In the ongoing effort to meet these requirements, it might seem like the odds are stacked in favour of large firms. Technology, however, has a tendency to level the playing field – and increasingly, the cloud is serving as “the great equalizer” in the legal world, enabling the smaller and mid-sized law firms to keep pace technologically with the larger firms.

Liberté, égalité – penitentiary?

Sam RobertsMore about the French ban on Judge analytics

On 4 June 2019, the French Government criminalised the “reuse” of data identifying judges “with the purpose or effect of evaluating, analysing, comparing or predicting their actual or alleged professional practices” with a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison.

The legal tech sector was stunned. The move appears to run counter to the modern trends of open justice and the “consumerization” of inaccessible professions through technology. Start-ups may be asking themselves whether this is the start of a wider reactionary movement against these ideals, and whether the effort is worth the risks.

The State of Microsoft’s Matter Center (Part II)

Keith VallelyQuietly seeing Explosive Growth in Legal (part 2 of 2)

This is part II of Keith Vallely's story about the current state of Microsoft's Matter Center. Part 1 was published last week and can be found here.

When deploying a Matter Center instance, the technology partner must consult with their client and determine how much data is to be captured before Matter/Project creation, and what is to be used for document metadata tags, and what is to be used for reporting purposes.  

The State of Microsoft’s Matter Center

Keith VallelyQuietly seeing explosive growth in legal (part 1 of 2)

History -  At the end of 2015, with tremendous excitement, Microsoft released to Github all the source code for their ‘highly acclaimed” Matter Center.  The Matter Center was developed by Microsoft Legal Department for the sole purpose of providing an easy to use mechanism to turn Office365 and SharePoint online into a world class legal document management system. During 2014 and 2015, Microsoft had shown the Matter Center off at various legal technology venues to great fanfare, leading to much anticipation for its release and support to the legal community.  

Tips from the Trenches for a Successful Cloud Migration

Lisa StoneIt’s no secret the trend to the cloud is gaining momentum.  Adoption of cloud-based solutions across firms of all sizes was up an average of 68% in 2018 in comparison to just 51% in 2015, according to ILTA’s 2018 Technology Survey results.  Not surprising are three high ranking reported barriers to cloud adoption: Cost, client restrictions, and integration and expandability.  This article touches on the considerations that most affect a successful transition to the cloud.

The Business Case for Expanding Document Management from In-House Legal to Other Departments

Roy RussellMany corporate legal departments today deploy document and email management systems (DMS). Documents are the lifeblood of lawyers and they produce a plentiful supply of them. It is critical that they have a very effective document management system to assist their department to be more efficient, increase productivity and mitigate risk.

How Legal Teams Can Make the Most Out of AI Solutions

Rebecca YoderAs companies look to automate more processes to keep pace with rising consumer demands, artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer some far flung technology being used solely by tech giants. In fact, AI is exiting uncharted territory and entering the mainstream of the enterprise — allowing companies to introduce smarter processes without disrupting workflows. 

Take legal teams for example, which handle a variety of routine, administrative tasks like document editing and routing. According to a report by SpringCM, legal is the primary department that handles contracts for 59 percent of businesses.

Content Transformation: The Key to Optimizing Cloud-Migrations

Dan HunsingerAccording to the recently published ILTA 2018 Technology Survey, 69% of surveyed firms expect to move to the cloud in 2019, an 18% increase compared to a few years ago. This presents an immense opportunity for firms large and small, making the shift to of the cloud, to optimize target system capabilities and ultimately improve workflow and business processes.  Content migration takes on many forms depending upon systems and the firm’s needs, but in order to take full advantage of any new cloud system, some level of data transformation must take place. Let’s dive in.

ndElevate Reflections: Digging Quantum Tunnels Around Your Documents

Brett BurneyHow do you energize a user base that’s already undeniably satisfied using one of the most successful document management platforms? You offer bold predictions, tightened-up security, tenacious commitments, numerous platform upgrades, a fondue party and plates of melted cheese – all built on a stellar 19-year record of over-achievement with a laser-focus on the future. 

Evolving Content Migration in the Legal Cloud Era

Dan HunsingerLarge scale enterprise content management (ECM) system migrations have typically been accomplished using a combination of import software, support utilities, fix-it scripts, database scripts, and expertise on the internal workings of both ends of the process. Make a mistake? Run some SQL statements and clean it up. Not fast enough? Write document files directly to the file system. While migration methods and best practices are abundant, typical on-premise migration engagements are usually services-heavy.

ALTA visits USA: a recap

Jodie BakerThe first transoceanic event for the Australian Legal Technology Association brought a group of U.S. firm lawyers, in-house counsel, consultants, media and industry commentators a look at Australia-based legaltech solutions.

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