Passion and Creativity
The organizers of ILTACON 2015 made a wonderful decision when they chose Sir Ken of TED Talk fame to kick-off their Conference with his Keynote Address on “How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything” on Monday, August 31st at 9 am at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. Sir Ken Robinson is a leading speaker and ‘authority’ on creativity and innovation. He is also extremely entertaining and willing to flip every norm upside down for amazing results. This will be a great start to this year’s conference that promises to work on our strengths. Building on the strengths of Las Vegas location, ILTACON has hired the comedian/juggler Mark Nizer for the second keynote on Wednesday.
IT and the Sexes
Another session of great interest is the session entitled “HELP! More Women Wanted!” This session will be presented by Donna Payne of the PayneGroup, Inc., Constance Hoffman of Bryan Cave, LLP and Sheryl Nolan of Microsoft Corporation – Legal and Corporate Affairs. The session will discuss the lack of women in technical roles and upper management in the legal profession. According to the statistics to be presented, only 26% of the positions described are occupied by women and they receive 73% the pay of their male counterparts. May be a worthy session to get some recruiting tips and help to balance and diversify the IT work environment. Set for Monday 8/31/2015 from 4 to 5 pm. Another session on a similar theme is entitled “Lead with Confidence: Play to Your Strengths and Own Your Expertise” was formerly titled “Women Who Lead: I’m Not Sorry: Speaking Your Truth”. This promises to bridge the gender communication gap and hopefully will be as entertaining as “Defending the Cave Man” and “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”. Scheduled for Tuesday 9/1/2015 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Hey You, Get Offa My Cloud!
Inevitable Cloud sessions will ensue including, “Considerations and Consequences: Moving to Cloud Document Management” taking place on Monday 8/31/2015 at 2:30 pm. Vendors that are part of that discussion include NetDocuments and iManage. “Deploying and Supporting Web Apps: Don’t Lose Your Head in the Clouds!” is set for Thursday 9/3/2015 at 3:30 pm. “Fact or Fiction? Will Legal Be Able To Leverage the Microsoft Cloud?” will hopefully answer some questions about Office 365 on Tuesday 9/1/2015 from “Up, Up and Away! Your Ascent into the Cloud!” rounds out the Cloud sessions on Monday from 1 to 2 pm.
10th Anniversary ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Purchasing Survey to be unveiled at ILTACON
ILTA and InsideLegal will be releasing the findings of the “2015 ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Purchasing Survey” at ILTACON 2015. The law firm technology purchasing survey, which is distributed to all ILTA member firms, includes detailed technology budget data; updated information on firms’ purchasing influences and patterns; legal IT department trends and challenges; and expansive sections on specific legal technology purchases – both last year’s and those planned for the upcoming year. The 2015 survey findings are being presented as part of the 12th Annual ILTA/InsideLegal Vendor Education Program on Monday, August 31st, 1:30-4:00 pm, Caesars Palace, in Anzio meeting room (Promenade Level, 3rd Floor). The 2015 survey can also be downloaded at www.Insidelegal.com after 5 pm PST on Monday, 8/31. In addition, InsideLegal, joined by Skip Lohmeyer (CIO, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP), is offering “10 Years of the ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Purchasing Survey Findings”, a dedicated conference session for ILTA law firm members, on Thursday, September 3rd, 1:30-2:15 pm, in Roman Ballroom IV.
In addition to the sessions – of which they are four days of them – Exhibitors will be touting their wares in hall beginning with the Once Upon a Time themed Gala on Monday evening. Vendors will be in costume and hamming it up to get attendees in the right spirits. Among this year’s vendors are:
The Sackett Group, Inc., Booth 805
The Sackett Group, Inc. (“TSG”) celebrates its 25th year at ILTA (International Legal Technology Association), and also will unveil four new Windows 10 compatible releases of its Forte and MacPac software applications. First, to commemorate its 25th year in business, TSG has a creative exhibit at its ILTACON booth (#805) tracing the evolution of its software which started as a “Macro Package” or “MacPac” in WordPerfect and became the fully-integrated MacPac and Forte product lines available in Microsoft Word today. The interactive exhibit, called “Alice in Wonderland: Re-Envisioned,” transports ILTA members back in time “down the rabbit hole” to work hands-on with technology from the 1990’s such as MacPac for WordPerfect 5.1 DOS – TSG’s first-ever product, introduced in September 1990 – and MacPac for both Word 2.0 and Word 95.
Second, on the technology front, TSG is demonstrating updates to four of its software programs at ILTACON, including Forte 11.1, Forte Tools 11.1, MacPac 9.9.2 and MacPac Numbering 9.9.6. As mentioned before, each update has compatibility with Windows 10, and each has been fine-tuned based on Microsoft updates to Office 2013. TSG has completed phase one testing for compatibility with Office 2016 and is preparing updates for full compatibility. The new Forte 11.1 version includes an Insert function on the Forte ribbon, which enables users to create and save their own document packets (i.e., a living will, notary, cover letter, labels) and apply the saved data to all documents simultaneously. The same function works for clauses, precedents, and blocks of text.
JuraLaw Booth 109
JuraLaw®, the only completely Cloud-based legal calendaring and docket management software product available will be exhibiting in Booth 109. Among the hot features JuraLaw will be demonstrating will be Global Find-and-Assign lawyers to cases and diary events, Multi-Copy of diary events and docket entries to multiple cases, and Multiple Reminder sets that make it almost impossible to miss critical court dates and deadlines. The new features greatly increase workflow by minimizing data entry. JuraLaw does even more to limit data entry by combining court events, court docket entries, and automated court rules into the most easy-to-use, innovative legal calendaring and docket management system available. JuraLaw integrates well with NetDocuments to connect documents to cases, diary events and dockets. Finally, JuraLaw’s integration with MS Outlook calendar and email is top notch and helps keep lawyers from missing important dates and deadlines!
Opus 2 International, Booth 311
Opus 2 International, the leading provider of collaborative workspaces, will be focusing on “21st Century Transcript Management for the Modern Law Firm” at ILTACON 2015. Opus 2 will be exhibiting at Booth #311. The theme highlights dramatic changes in today’s legal marketplace as litigation becomes increasingly global and legal team members use mobile devices to collaborate across geographical and jurisdictional borders. ILTACON will be held at Caesars Palace Las Vegas from August 30 to September 3.
Chelsea Office Systems, Litéra Demo Room
On Monday, August 31st at ILTA, Roberta Gelb of Chelsea Office Systems (www.chelseaofficesystems.com) will be speaking on how to “Inspire Attorneys to Use Innova Document Production (Even Styles!)”. Roberta, an Innova expert, will explain how Innova 7.5.1 can be structured to encourage lawyer adoption of Innova document production and styles. She will demonstrate how even the most skeptical users can be impressed with the ease and benefits of complex document production. The session runs from 2-2:30pm in the Litéra Demo Room – Siena Room – Promenade Level at Caesar’s Palace. A new Apple iWatch will be raffled off at the end of the program.
Levit & James, Booth 617
Virginia-based Levit & James will be demonstrating Version 4 of Best Authority, which will be released in September. Best Authority software creates a Table of Authorities (TOA) and is used by over 850 law firms, government agencies and nonprofits, including 84 of the 100 largest law firms. Version 4 includes support for both Windows 10 and Office 2016, as well as 32- and 64-bit versions of Office. The new release also includes a variety of new features that make the formatting of a TOA exceptionally easy, especially for large or complex documents. In addition, there are performance enhancements that make the TOA creation process even faster. For more information, visit http://www.levitjames.com.
BigHand, Booth #518-520
With the launch of the BigHand Now workflow platform and BigHand Capacity Manager workflow planning tool, as well as the addition of the BigHand Office suite of products (formerly Esquire Innovations product line), the company is evolving the BigHand brand to better represent its growing portfolio of law firm productivity technology.
BigHand Now enables law firms to streamline all of their task delegation processes into one easy-to-use solution, enabling attorneys to easily move work to their support staff. This enhanced solution will serve to reduce inefficiencies and increase accountability between attorneys and support staff, via an incredibly easy to use and implement workflow solution, similar to the one incorporated in BigHand’s popular voice productivity software.
BigHand Capacity Manager is a new tool that will give firms insight into their overall workload across the firm and the capacity of their resources. This knowledge enables management to balance team workloads for the most efficient results, as well as plan for contingencies when work suddenly picks up or slows down.
BigHand will also be previewing a new product, BigHand Assemble, that allows organizations to automate content assembly in their documents, empowering users to achieve standardization and reduce human error.
Innovative Computing Systems, Booth #304
The experts at Innovative Computing Systems expect most conversations at ILTA to surround cloud computing, managed IT services and enterprise content management. Law firms are moving at a faster pace than ever to cloud storage or a hybrid of cloud and physical servers to store their firm’s data.
Cloud computing offers firms a number of benefits, including the elimination of repeating capital expenses, easier mobile access to information, security, and faster disaster recovery.
The trend of law firms engaging outside expertise to provide IT services is on the rise. Law firms have very unique needs for IT support and should only consider using experts with legal industry experience when it comes to managed services.
Enterprise Content Management – iManage is a great document management system for law firms, and our experts can make it an even more powerful and easy-to-use tool for your firm, but law firms need expert help to configure iManage to their firm’s needs.
NetDocuments, Booth #: 701/703
NetDocuments has announced next generation security and compliance technology for customer-controlled, cryptographic encryption keys, private storage options, and local HSM (hardware security module) which provides a complete “silent subpoena defense, and data sovereignty with in-country data storage requirement” solution for global firms operating under regulatory restrictions, across international jurisdictions, or who have corporate clients who demand it.
On the heels of the Decisiv Email acquisition from Recommind earlier this year, NetDocuments’ email management offering, NetDocuments EM, has incorporated key components of the Decisiv predictive and mobile email filing technology into NetDocuments global cloud infrastructure, eliminating much of the complexity and initial investment required to use the service. This reduces the dependency on a CAPEX investment and moves NetDocuments EM in line with NetDocuments DM (document management) leveraging a true cloud/SaaS OPEX model for service delivery.
Recently new AMLAW clients include Pillsbury, Baker Donelson, Davis Wright Tremaine, and Buchanan, each of which have over 1,000 people and multiple offices. NetDocuments now has more than 15 of the AMLAW 100 using either NetDocuments EM, NetDocuments DM, or both services combined.
Founded in 1999, NetDocuments services hundreds of thousands of users across 140 countries. The software provides organizations with the power and simplicity of built-in disaster recovery, matter centricity, enterprise search, mobility, records management, collaboration, security, and compliance for documents and email.
Duff and Phelps, Booth #814
At ILTACON 2015, Duff & Phelps will be presenting its Best Practice model for Information Governance for Law Firms, discussing how firms can win more corporate business with Legal Project Budgeting and bringing clarity to the somewhat cloudy matter of Cloud Computing.
nQueue, Booth #904
At ILTACON 2015, nQueue will be introducing iA Scan Desktop. iA Scan Desktop allows legal and other professionals to easily and properly route scanned documents to a personal folder, email address or document management system, whether the scanning is done personally at a desktop scanner or remotely at a multi-function device or facilities management operation. It automatically opens a popup box on the desktop whenever a document is scanned. With just a few clicks, the owner can choose the electronic version’s format and destination. Because iA Scan Desktop leverages nQueue’s Adaptive Intelligence technology to anticipate the most likely client/matter detail and favorite destinations, documents can properly routed in as few as five clicks.
LawBase, Booth #228
LawBase is a powerful and configurable case and matter management solution, known for incredible flexibility without sacrificing functionality. LawBase’s strengths include its wide array of integrations with other popular legal software solutions that maximize the return on investment for users. LawBase allows law firms, corporate legal departments and government agencies to track a file’s progress, maintain client files within various areas of the law, keep complete calendars and schedules, maintain file room management and perform large repetitive tasks with just a few keystrokes, saving time and money.
Business Integrity, Booth #818
ILTACON attendees are invited to visit Business Integrity at booth 818 to see demonstrations of the latest versions of its popular ContractExpress document automation suite of products including ContractExpress 5.4, ContractExpress for Salesforce v.4 and ContractExpress for SharePoint v.5.
ContractExpress is trusted by the world’s leading law firms and corporations to generate standard legal documents from automated templates, reducing or eliminating the delays, costs, bottlenecks, and risks inherent with manual drafting. With automated contract drafting, lawyers are freed to work on higher value negotiations, non-standard matters, and realizable matters. The result is a faster, more efficient, more consistent, more compliant legal service.
In addition to exhibiting, Business Integrity is very proud to sponsor for the third consecutive year the ILTACON 2015 Law Department & Legal Operations Day on Monday, August 31. The event focuses on operational strategies and issues for legal technology professionals working in law departments or as part of legal operations. Legal department operations (LDO) is a growing segment of the legal industry focused on improving operational aspects of law department management. Registration for the event is exclusive to ILTA law department and legal operations staff.
InOutsource, Booth #716
InOutsource, a trusted consultation and legal technology implementation services company, has partnered with FileTrail to resell its records management solution. The agreement allows InOutsource, known for its information governance expertise and best practices, to offer hands-on implementation, deployment and configuration of software solutions.
InOutsource will demonstrate FileTrail Monday, Aug. 31 and Tuesday, Sept. 1 in Forum Ballroom 13 of Caesars Palace. To reserve a demonstration, visit http://www.inoutsource.com/contact-us/.
Two executives from InOutsource will also be presenting during ILTACON.
Nancy Beauchemin, CRM, president and founder of InOutsource, will join the panel discussion for “Building Information Governance Like ‘Ocean’s Eleven’” (scheduled for Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. PT). The session will cover how to assemble the perfect team for IT governance, risk and compliance (GRC).
On Sept. 3 at 2:30 p.m. PT, InOutsource’s Director of Operations Eric Mosca, CRM, will join a panel of law firm experts to discuss “Better Business Results through Better Business Intake.” He will cover the new pressures law firms face in regards to client intake and how technology can play a significant role in enabling quicker, more adaptable business acceptance and workflow execution.
Tikit, Booth 811/813
Tikit recently announced its Carpe Diem App for the Apple Watch. This app expands remote, on-the-go timekeeping options for legal professionals. The new natively designed App, developed using the new Apple OS2 operating system, is included with Tikit’s Carpe Diem Mobile module. The Tikit Carpe Diem Apple App for the Apple Watch is convenient and easy to use. A simple interface with both stopwatch and increment tracking, as well as narrative capture via voice, provides just the right level of functionality to engage users intuitively. The App will premiere at ILTACON 2015. For conference attendees interested in app development and in particular the conversation surrounding ‘HTML5 vs. Native’ should plan on attending Tikit’s Solution Spotlight session #SS003 titled ‘HTML5 vs. Native Development: Which Is Best? When and Why?’. Tikit also announced increased demand for its recently released Carpe Diem Next Generation timekeeping solution and eMarketing version 6 software. Within the last six months more than 20 Tikit clients, both in North America and the UK, have chosen Carpe Diem Next Generation timekeeping, as well as eMarketing version 6. These include prominent law firms Seyfarth Shaw, Finnegan and Stradley Ronon. In total, more than 20 percent of existing clients are in the midst of software upgrade projects, representing more than 5,000 users within North America alone. Carpe Diem Next Generation, eMarketing version 6 and the new Carpe Diem App for the Apple Watch can all be test driven at the Tikit booth #811/813.
Handshake Software, Inc., Booth 407/409
Handshake Software, Inc. and LexisNexis Legal & Professional recently previewed the integration of the LexisNexis® Digital Library with Handshake Software’s Portal & Search for Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Office 365. The integration is licensed through Handshake Software and enables firm attorneys and law librarians to review and check out eBook titles via SharePoint, and gives them greater efficiency by contextualizing their subscription to LexisNexis Digital Library around practice areas, people, matters and more. It offers access to electronic titles that are relevant to the focus of a user within the SharePoint portal. For example, on a matter summary page, an attorney automatically sees and can access relevant digital publications for that particular matter in addition to financials, documents, contacts and other content. Handshake also announced that The Firm Directory, the leading people-based expertise location system for law firms and legal departments built on the Pulse collaboration platform, now integrates with its SharePoint-based Portals, Enterprise Search and data-driven Expertise Locator products. Clients can now utilize The Firm Directory’s skills taxonomy to surface attorney experience, which is now integrated with Handshake Software’s data-driven attorney expertise from financial and other line-of-business systems, time entries, documents and contacts.
Conference attendees interested in SharePoint case studies and new SharePoint expertise location products should attend the ‘Latest SharePoint Updates and Features’ conference session or CEO Doug Horton’s ‘Handshake Software: Find your true firm experts’ solution spotlight session on both on Wednesday, September 2nd. ILTACON attendees can visit the Handshake booth #407/409 for more details and live demos.
Encoretech, Booth 627
For legal technology training and learning program provider Encoretech , ILTA 2015 is all about the rise of Training-as-a-Service (TaaS). First introduced in 2014, TaaS is a flexible subscription-based managed service built on short, focused distance learning opportunities delivered by highly skilled instructors, individual deskside coaching and a rich catalog of well-designed, easy to digest on-demand content. The easy delivery of TaaS solutions and the results reported by early adopters such as Womble Carlyle have put TaaS on the map. Case in point, Encoretech is a short list candidate for ILTA’s 2015 Distinguished Peer Award in the ‘Innovative Solution Provider’ Category for the work on TaaS. Stop by ILTACON booth#627 to chat with the Encoretech team about how TaaS can work for you. Not convinced, listen to Encoretech President Jeffrey Roach explain TaaS in his recent Reinventing Professional Services podcast. Need more reasons to seek out Encoretech? Stop by the booth to see the Suffolk/Flaherty Legal Tech Audit and Assessment at work. For a complete list of Encoretech’s ILTA activities, click here.
So we’ll see you in Las Vegas – I’ll be dressed as Da Bears fan in Booth 109 on Monday night in the Exhibit Hall. Please stop by and say “Howdy!”
Editor for LexTekReport.com