It’s not even Christmas! What are we doing talking about LegalTech 2016?
Well, February will be here before we know it. Plus, the best way to take advantage of the enormous number of resources available to you at LegalTech is to plan for what you want to see, hear, and learn.
To that end, here is our crystal ball – what we think will be “hot” and “not” in New York at LegalTech 2016:
The Cloud as an Opportunity. Law firms truly appear to be getting past the “we will never, never, never have our stuff in the Cloud” and embracing “what can we get to the Cloud and when”? While talking with colleagues and suppliers at LegalTech 2016, you may want to keep this top of mind.
Office 365 and Office 2016. Law firms seem to be skipping Office 2013 in droves and going to Office 2016 in 2016 (a year match at last!!). What does this mean for third party apps? More importantly (maybe) – what does this mean for Office 365? A hybrid model of fat client and Office online is feasible.
Is this ever not a hot topic since the Blackberry was invented? The key question, though, is whether it is hot in the right way. In the modern law firm, the only work scenario that isn’t mobile is a lawyer sitting in a firm office, on the firm network, using a firm device, with a firm-standard image. For rainmakers, that may be only 5% of their work life. For 2016, let’s think about how we can truly leverage near-ubiquitous connectivity to deliver both tools and data to mobile lawyers securely.
Data Leakage Prevention. For the past several years, security has been the mantra. Firms have beefed up the general IT and data security function, raising its scope and profile. Now the security concerns seem to be increasingly focused – and the spotlight is on DLP. At LegalTech 2016, look for approaches and tools to help you address this.
New FRCP. The new rules have lots of implications for how we do e-discovery today, requiring a potential change both in tools and processes.
The Cloud as a Taboo. See Hot #1 above. ‘Nuff said.
Windows 10. This appears to be a no-angst release. That Office 2016 desktop will be built on this platform. Just a task; not a problem.
Which tablet. The Surface-Pro 4 has got off to a great start but many of us love our iPads. Will we see an penetration by the iPad Pro? Is the hardware choice something we have to assume we can’t control? Support all flavors of mobile devices seems to be the only option when change is so rapid.
And guess what? Litéra can help! Please stop by and visit with us at LegalTech 2016. With our Office 365 add-ins, cloud-agnostic tools, and focus on the user experience, we can help you navigate the “hots” and “nots”. If you’d like to have a chat in New York, please email me at email@example.com. Bring your questions and concerns – coffee’s on me! See you in New York!
VP of Client Development