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Tech Trends: How Attorneys Use Mobile Technology

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on December 4, 2013 at 6:10 AM

How Attorneys Use Mobile TechnologyToday’s attorneys are more connected than ever, according to the 2013 ILTA Technology Survey that represents over 88,000 attorneys. Top law firms are using technology across all aspects of their firm to maximize efficiency and revenue.

Here are some of the top mobility trends that we’ve identified based on the results of the 2013 ILTA Technology Survey:

  • More attorneys have the ability enter their time via mobile devices. Compared to last year’s results, there are 5% more attorneys using mobile time entry apps to enter their time than last year. This confirms that more attorneys are able to enter their time with their mobile devices ,anywhere they are as the task is completed. And, we’re beaming with pride because iTimeKeep was listed as the most widely-adopted application for mobile time entry!
  • Bring your Own Device (BYOD) is becoming the new normal. When asked about the replacement cycle for smartphones, 44% of law firms reported BYOD. Also, 81% reported to provide financial support. Roughly half of those firms fund the purchase of smart phones and data plans for partners and associates.
  • Attorneys are heavy tablet users.  Only 8% of firms reported that they do not have tablets in use at their firm, and an average of 37% of a firm’s attorneys are tablet users. Attorneys are also using a variety of different apps to get the job done, including: Citrix Receiver, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Skype and iTimeKeep (naturally!).
  • Firms are devoting resources to technology. 40% of firms reported increasing their technology budgets for capital expenses.
  • Most annoying tech problem within the firm? Definitely email management (36%). Following closely behind are managing user expectations about change (34%) and acceptance to change (33%). Change is never easy, is it?

You can learn more about the latest technology trends at top law firms in the 2013 ILTA Technology Survey. What types of technology trends are you noticing at your firm? 

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