Date/Time: 3:45 - 5:00 (EST), Monday, January 30, 2012Participants: Mark Brophy, Director of Information Technology, Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC; Scott Christensen, Director of Information Technology, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, Eric Hunter, Director of Knowledge Management, Bradford & Barthel, LLP; Jim McCue, IS Manager, Rodney, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A.; David Michel, Chief Information Officer, Burr & Forman
In this session, IT leaders present on six new technologies important for law firm IT operations, which include cloud computing, video conferencing to mobile devices, new VPN's, data consolidation and "Lync 2010 Experiences." Listed below are some of the key highlights from the session.
- Cloud Computing - Five essential characteristics of the cloud, on demand self service: (1) Demand self service, (2) Rapid elasticity, (3) Resource pooling, (4) Broad network access, and (5) Measured service. Future savings from the cloud possible, depending on your level of sophistication (up to 60%). Note that there is a point of diminishing returns where your own servers for storage make sense. (Scott Christensen)
- Expansion of Video Conferencing to Mobile Devices: Number of law firms using video conferencing is expanding rapidly. Smaller firms will start to save a lot of money especially if they have multiple offices by incorporating video conferencing from mobile video devices (iPad, iPhone, Androids, Blackberry, etc.). Business drivers behind making this kind of change are: attorney time, client travel restriction, recruiting and portability. (Jim McCue)
E-Discovery Beat's Key Takeaway
Increasingly the mobile workforce is driving evolution and adoption of new connectivity technologies. These technologies are making remote work in all areas possible – remote desktops, cloud/OS applications, conferencing viable.