Posted by: johnocunningham | December 30, 2011

Top 10 Tech-Related Trends in Legal Practice (#6)

Work Collaboration Technologies.  Collaborative work programs can function across offices or within an office to engage dozens of professionals at one time on a team project, such as a major commercial transaction or a large piece of litigation.

Some law firms are using these technologies to get things done more quickly while capturing the benefit of more input from key professionals.  The days of passing around a document and watching endless numbers of revisions, re-insertions of previous revisions and red-lining ad nauseam are coming to an end. Clients want things done now – one round of negotiations with minimal revisions if at all possible.

Below are links to some of the technologies being used to facilitate faster team efforts and more comprehensive input, often delivered in real time:

  • IBM Connections (which can incorporate data from Lotus Notes and other applications for group sharing);
  • Microsoft Sharepoint (which can be used in private virtual meetings with shared files and shared desktops for better collaboration); and
  • Audio-Visual Collaboration systems with shared desktop capacity produced by Magor TeleCollaboration.

Smaller firms with smaller budgets are also turning to facilities that can deliver these systems as part of shared infrastructure in locations such as the Cambridge Innovation Center.

Note: The author of this post does not endorse or recommend any of these products or services, but merely offers this recap of those services mentioned by the presenter, audience or other sources in connection with the December FirmFuture conference in Boston.

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