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Guest post: Ransomware exposes a flawed desktop computing model – and why iOS is better

Over the last two months, the concept of ransomware has blasted into the public conscious with massive and disruptive cyberattacks. Both ransomware attacks were accompanied by a heavy dose of intrigue, and, for those willing to listen, a stern warning of what is to come. Seth Hallem, co-founder and CEO of Mobile Helix, looks at recent ransomware attacks, which point to fundamental issues that are inherent to the design of the Windows operating system, corporate intranets, and the Internet. Through this lens, mobile operating systems and, in particular, iOS are a seismic upgrade in protecting devices and networks from this type of attack, Seth says.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Jul 2017 1 comment

“My hope was to raise enthusiasm”: The online courts hackathon wins hearts and minds

When Professor Richard Susskind first conceived of the idea of conducting a hackathon to help develop the new online courts system, his primary ambition was to raise awareness and enthusiasm among the legal technology community – and that has certainly been achieved.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Jul 2017 3 comments

Legal IT News: All the latest wins, deals and products launches

Catch up on all the news and commentary of the past seven days including analysis of the global cyber attack that has seen DLA Piper go off the grid and iManage’s significant win of Allen & Overy as an iManage Work client.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 3rd Jul 2017 No comments

The June issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is out now

TOP STORIES INCLUDE: Allen & Overy signs up with iManage + HighQ hires, losses, lessons learned + Data security: Lessons from Foley’s insider trading case + Saturated with AI news? So are we, but we bring you two must-read reports from Slaughter and May and McKinsey.

Added by Charles Christian on the 28th Jun 2017 No comments

Guest post: Is the era of ERP for law firms finally here?

Is the era of ERP for law firms finally here? Absolutely, says Martin Telfer, EMEA chief of Fulcrum Global Technologies, as he sets out the trends in the legal industry and corporate world that drive that conclusion.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 23rd Jun 2017 1 comment

kCura: UK war with hosting partners?

kCura’s recent decision to bring the UK launch of its SaaS eDiscovery platform RelativityOne forward to the summer of 2017 is not intended to create a war with its local hosting partners but, according to at least one senior figure in the industry, that is precisely the effect it will have.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 22nd Jun 2017 No comments

When KM meets AI: An interview with Fireman & Co senior consultant Sally Gonzalez

Sally Gonzales joined Fireman & Company in May as the Toronto-headquartered legal management consultant’s newest senior consultant. Recognised as an authority in knowledge management and strategic technology planning, here Gonzales, who has held senior IT and KM roles at firms including Dentons, Norton Rose Fulbright, Akin Gump and Jones Day, tells us what led to her move to Fireman; how KM has evolved in the legal space; the major KM trends ahead; and discusses some of the biggest questions around AI. “I think we are on the cusp of KM 4.0,” she says.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 21st Jun 2017 No comments

GDPR – A chief privacy officer’s inside perspective

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is highly complex and imminently due to transform global privacy law – and its triggering mechanism is so low it applies to almost everyone. As a lawyer and Chief Privacy Officer for data governance firm Evidon, Todd Ruback works with many of the leading law firms on GDPR matters, and provides a practical, insider’s perspective of the GDPR’s commercial impact, common misconceptions and how firms can help clients navigate it successfully.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 13th Jun 2017 2 comments

Guest post: Why we acquired Ravel Law

To be successful in today’s competitive legal environment, lawyers need to make faster, more informed decisions, based on data that is incorporated into their natural workflow, says Jeff Pfeifer, vice president of product management at LexisNexis, in a post for Legal IT Insider that, while undoubtedly self-promotional, gives an insight into some of the thinking behind Lexis’ acquisition of Ravel Law and its vision of the data-driven lawyer.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 12th Jun 2017 No comments

Teaching Law in a Legal Tech World

As the pressure on law schools grows to incorporate tech teaching, acclaimed author and legal innovation professor Mitchell Kowalski says in this, his latest Legal IT Insider post, that to ignore the growing number of technological tools does a grave disservice to the profession.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 9th Jun 2017 No comments

Comment: The Tikit iManage era is over – and no-one is surprised

The news that Tikit has jumped into bed with NetDocuments as its preferred strategic document management solution partner – ending all iManage sales going forward – should really be a surprise to no-one.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 7th Jun 2017 No comments

Guest post: Buying Legal – getting to grips with data

With general counsel having to rise to the challenges of becoming “mini CEOs”, The 3rd annual Europe Conference of the Buying Legal Council brought together an impressive array of GCs, law firms and suppliers to discuss how they “get to grips” with their data. Nick Williams, legal services director for Proxima Group gives us the highlights.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 6th Jun 2017 No comments

Guest post: Law Firm Resource Management

Having applied technology and modern working practices to most areas of legal practice over the last 30 years, there are two remaining areas of law firm activity that have received little or no management attention. One of these is the actual process of ‘coal-face’ legal service delivery (which through Continuous Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma is finally taking off); the other is the proper management of law firm fee-earner resources.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 30th May 2017 No comments

The May issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is out now

Top stories include: CMS say no thanks to Elite 3E and consolidate on older Enterprise + Vendor litigation: Litera patent claims against DocsCorp dismissed “with prejudice” + Ediscovery: has the kCura launch of its UK Relativity SaaS platform pitched into a hosting war with its partners? + New ITS + CSN partnership say they can rollout Elite 3E fast and 40% cheaper + We also keep score on the Elite versus Aderant competition & the latest happenings on Planet iManage

Added by Charles Christian on the 24th May 2017 No comments

Ediscovery in Hong Kong: Dispelling some litigation & innovation myths

At a recent conference in Hong Kong, attendees were asked about how to improve the dispute resolution process for all parties. Data generated from a live, technology-enabled poll of the audience led to a thought-provoking discussion on the priorities and limitations to innovation in the dispute resolution process, specifically in Hong Kong.

Added by Charles Christian on the 18th May 2017 No comments
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