For the month of May we have included articles to keep you updated on eDiscovery and legal tech trends. As always, let me know what else you’d like to read about.
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The Pros and Cons of Ditching Law Firm Servers in Favor of the Cloud
By Nicole Black
Compared to years past, cloud computing is now a concept that’s familiar to most lawyers. With that increased familiarity comes trust. For evidence of this you need look no further than the results of the latest ABA Legal Technology Survey Report.
According to the Report, a full 31 percent of lawyers surveyed advised that the primary reason that their firms made the move from premise-based software to cloud-based software in 2018 was because it provided better security than they were able to provide in-office. Because lawyers are increasingly trusting cloud computing software, it should be no surprise that the results of the Report also showed that the majority of lawyers (55 percent) are now using cloud computing software tools for law-related tasks.
If your firm isn’t yet on board, but you’re interested in learning more, then you’ve come to the right place! This very topic was covered last month at the ABA Techshow in Chicago. During this presentation – “We Don’t Need no Stinkin’ Server – Or Do We?” – Morris Tabush and Barron Henley discussed the pros and cons of premise-based computing and cloud computing software use by law firms.
Shifting the eDiscovery Paradigm from Documents to People
By Ann Marie Lane
TV defense attorney Ben Matlock is one of the most well-known fictional characters in American pop culture. A folksy, bad-tempered southern attorney, he has a penchant for calling out perpetrators in a dramatic courtroom scene. While it has been over 20 years since the final Matlock episode aired, the essence of his investigation style still holds true: Understanding people and their behavior acutely helps investigators unearth the truth.
Of course, life was much simpler in Matlock’s era. Families across the United States were just starting to open their mailboxes and find AOL discs offering free trials to “get America online,” and memos were still the de facto method of business communication.
Today, of course, the ways people correspond have changed—even beyond email.
Digital Communication in the 21st Century
Conversations in the digital world are complex. Texting and short message platforms like Skype and mobile are almost ubiquitously used, with over 8 trillion text messages sent every year worldwide. Collaboration and productivity tools like Slack are also taking off. Of the Fortune 100, nearly 50 percent use Slack, and users are active on the platform for an average of 320 minutes a week.
Plus, messages don’t happen in a vacuum. They can quickly shift from one platform to another, making it difficult to follow the thread of the conversation.