As attorneys demand the ability to do more work on their mobile devices, IT departments of all sizes are scrambling to address the challenges of keeping information assets protected. While the firm’s confidential data is typically stored securely inside its private network, attorneys and their mobile devices are roaming around in a very hostile environment. In order to operate properly, an App installed on the attorney’s device will need one of two things:
What’s the one sure thing that defines life as an IT professional at a law firm? There’s always a challenge. Lucky for us, these unsung heroes thrive in the face of complexity.
Perhaps the most significant challenge for the IT professional, in legal, is security. The sharp increase in mobile device use over the past few years has added several new complexities to the security conversation.
In our latest contribution to the ILTA Peer to Peer Magazine, we address the important topic going beyond the App in achieving True Mobility.
The "there's an app for that" mentality works great for individuals, but it is not so good for law firms. Firms that fail to go "beyond the app" and address mobility at an enterprise level are less likely to experience:
Introducing a new technology to attorneys can be challenging. After all, attorneys have been burned many times by solutions that are inefficient, overly complicated and ineffective. This has led to a perception that attorneys are unwilling to adopt new technology. At Bellefield, we've found this to be a major misconception. In our experience, attorneys enthusiastically embrace new technology - so long as it is actually adding value to their processes.
When we think of the mobile revolution that’s under way right now, our minds typically go to smartphones, apps, and then perhaps tablets and wearables. That’s to say that we typically focus on mobile devices when considering innovation in mobility. We think about the size and design of the device - will it be large or small? We consider the quality of the camera and perhaps the flashy features that will be contained in the latest update. In our discussions about mobility, we often encourage you to go beyond the app. However, it is likely that the most disruptive aspect of mobility is not top of mind when you think about technology advancement. Therefore, in this post, we’re going to encourage you to go beyond the device. After all, the greatest innovation happening in mobility right now does not lie in mobile device development, but rather, with voice technology.
The practice of law has always been a "mobile professsion." However, more recently mobility has taken on a whole new meaning for today's attorneys. In this infographic, we explore how attorneys leverage mobility to be more effective and efficient than ever before in history, working the way that they want to work. Please allow us to introduce the modern mobile attorney.
Are “predictions” posts, which are immensely popular this time of year, “pointless,” as The Lawyerist recently pointed out? They certainly can be! As The Lawyerist pointed out, this time of year is filled with posts attempting to predict what is to come in the legal industry over the coming year, and many times it sets the expectation that there will be a monumental or explosive shift, rather than a gradual change over time. We can’t disagree with that. Our industry, after all, is typically slow to change and adopt the new, particularly when it comes to technology. However, the gradual changes that have occurred over the past several years have led us to an interesting moment in legal technology history. Therefore, since we can’t resist a good “predictions” post of our own, we’ll focus on the key technologies, ideas or behaviors that will either be introduced or come into their own in the coming year.
From interviewing witnesses, to taking depositions and appearing in court, the nature of an attorney’s work has always been mobile. With the advent of smartphones, tablets, wearables and other mobile devices, technology enables attorneys to work the way that they want to work.
How well do you think you know the attorneys at your firm? Known for a direct, pull-no-punches nature, you might think that attorney behavior and mindsets are predictable. To a certain extent, this may be true. However, there is one key area where attorneys continue to surprise their colleagues at the firm: mobility.
Last week I was talking with a client about our upcoming release of the iTimeKeep App for the Apple Watch, and his reaction was very interesting. His perspective, that the Apple Watch is a solution looking for a problem, is not unusual. Many also thought the same about Twitter (140 characters, are you kidding me?!), the iPad and even the iPhone itself.
In business and in life, there are certain debates that seem to persist despite the fact that there is a strong or apparent case which provides resolution. Such is true with the ongoing debate surrounding enterprise apps: HTML5 vs. Native - which is better?
We can’t contain our excitement about the 2014 ILTA Technology Survey. Not only was iTimeKeep (once again!) listed as the #1 mobile time entry solution for attorneys, there were several important pieces of data that provide additional insight on the true state of mobility in legal as well as indicators of what’s to come.
This year’s ILTA study represents over 450 firms, ranging in size to determine how top law firms are using technology throughout their firm to enhance profitability and productivity.
For law firms (and the enterprise world at large), mobility continues to be a priority. As evidenced in this recent survey conducted by Accenture, companies are moving aggressively to develop mobile strategies and adopt mobile technologies, with 77% of respondents ranking Mobility as the top-priority out of the most popular digital technologies.
This should not come as a surprise. Mobile devices, apps, the cloud and social media are redefining an age where technology has become the foundation of any successful business. However, an app isn’t just an app anymore, specially for organizations implementing a mobile strategy. If law firms expect to experience the benefits of true Mobility, they will need to focus on integration.
In the past, we’ve discussed how mobility is changing every interaction in our lives, including the way that we work, shop and communicate. You might remember our recent infographic that showed that the number of mobile-connected devices is expected to exceed the number of people on earth by the end of 2014. By 2018, there are expected to be 1.4 mobile devices per capita. As if these numbers aren’t astounding enough, the most recent stats below are even more overwhelming:
In a recent blog post, we talked about some of the common misconceptions that exist around mobility, particularly the idea that mobility begins and ends with an app. We discussed how mobility demands that you turn your IT department into a 24x7 operation with global reach, developing an expertise with thousands of devices or else your firm will fail to achieve true anytime, anywhere, and from any device productivity.
Many of the legal vendors out there seem to believe that mobility means that they've got an App. There, I said it.
They think that you just do an app, you put it on the app store, and there you go. Now you have mobility. Boom. Well, true mobility is a little bit more involved than simply creating an app.