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The Evolving Relationship Between Attorneys and Mobility

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on December 8, 2014 at 4:53 PM

19203115_sWe 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.

Here is a quick run-down of this year’s trends that demonstrate the modern relationship between attorneys and mobility, as evidenced in the survey:

  • Mobile usage spans across several devices, including tablets. Attorneys continue to be heavy tablet users, with only 8% of firms reporting that no tablets are in use at their firm (the larger the firm, the more likely they are to use tablets). This is an important reminder that mobility spans beyond smart phones.
  • Attorneys are using several apps to help them work the way they want to work, such as: Citrix Receiver, Adobe, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Skype and of course...iTimeKeep.
  • Mobile Time Entry is now an option for more attorneys. Compared to last year, 9% more attorneys have the ability to enter their time using a mobile device than last year. This reflects two trends in legal technology right now: a shift toward mobility and widespread adoption of contemporaneous time entry.
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has officially taken over. On the replacement cycle of smartphones, 47% of attorneys reported that they bring their own devices, up from 44% last year. This has become the most prevalent method for attorneys to procure new devices. While BYOD policies have become the norm, 82% of firms are still providing financial support for device purchases and data plans.
  • Law firms continue to invest in technology. 38% of firms reported increasing their technology budgets, while 44% stayed the same.
  • What’s a pain in the tech for law firms? Security/risk management (39%), followed by change - user acceptance (33%) and managing expectations (32%).  

Read the full 2014 ILTA Technology Survey here.

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