March 30th, 2012 → 4:05 pm @ Ari Kaplan
I spoke today with Robert Hilson, the editorial director for the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, which is hosting its 2012 Annual Conference next week (April 2-4) at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida. We discussed the organization’s growth, its impact on the legal community, and his expectations for the upcoming event. Listen to our interview below:
March 28th, 2012 → 7:13 am @ Ari Kaplan
When I wrote Reinventing Professional Services, I spotlighted changes in many different fields, including medicine. I spoke with visionary leaders like Bryan Vartabedian, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, who writes and speaks about the convergence of social media and medicine, and practitioners. I also profiled transformations in teleradiology and sleep medicine, as well as the promise of pharmaceutical vending machines and obtaining an online diagnosis, among others.
Adam Bluestein takes a comprehensive look at how mobile health care is revolutionizing the practice of medicine in Fast Company’s February issue: As Smartphones Get Smarter, You May Get Healthier: How mHealth Can Bring Cheaper Health Care To All, which includes this great infographic.
March 23rd, 2012 → 2:25 pm @ Ari Kaplan
The February issue of Fast Company features this interesting infographic about The Real Cost of Patent Reform (click on the link for the image) showing, among other things, that the average patent wait time of 34 months is likely to drop, along with false-marking lawsuits and VC funding (because “in a first-to-file system, inventors have to be more careful about sharing ideas with anyone-including potential investors.”)
March 14th, 2012 → 6:15 am @ Ari Kaplan
OnlineUniversities.com shared this unique infographic about How Higher Education Helps the Economy based on a study that PayScale conducted for Bloomberg Businessweek. The short- and long- term success rates, as well as the corresponding unemployment statistics, for those in professional services is interesting.
Via: Online Universities Resource
March 6th, 2012 → 7:15 am @ Ari Kaplan
I speak and write often about collaboration. My research has also shown that successful rainmakers work in tandem – they attend events together, participate in masterminding groups, and find ways to create opportunity for one another. A variety of firms in different industries across the globe connect with one another by developing a formal partnership. I spoke with Simon Truskett, a Sydney-based senior partner at Clayton Utz in the firm’s Corporate Advisory / M&A group, who is the new chair of Lex Mundi, a global association of independent law firms, with 160 member firms in 102 countries.
The association features a client advisory council in which leading in-house counsel advise on ways to improve client service. Members also exchange information on practice management, administrative support and technology usage. In terms of trends, he noted Lex Mundi’s interest in broadening its reach in Africa and Asia because of increased competition from international firms and a more globalized client base that expects its professionals to provide services where they are. Listen to our interview below:
March 2nd, 2012 → 11:01 am @ Ari Kaplan
At Legal Tech NY 2012, I had the opportunity to speak with Jim Hammond, the Vice President for Global Marketing at Aderant about the company’s recent acquisitions and the cohesion of its various brands. He noted that the new company has a wider footprint in legal, financial, and practice management systems with Client Profiles; is fully integrating Compulaw for a seamless integration; and has a larger market share with CRM for business development used by firms all around the world. He described it as “one company with multiple products” that is focusing on providing high value to its clients. Watch our interview below:
February 17th, 2012 → 6:50 am @ Ari Kaplan
During Legal Tech New York 2012, I had the chance to speak with Tim Sparks, the CEO of CLM Matrix about contract lifecycle management. He noted that the company’s Matrix software solutions are uniquely designed for Microsoft SharePoint, automatically draft contracts in Word, and dynamically create essential workflow. Watch our interview below:
February 10th, 2012 → 7:15 am @ Ari Kaplan
I had the chance to interview Eric Elfman, the CEO of Onit at Legal Tech NY 2012. We discussed the company’s business process and productivity apps, designed to solve very specific problems, including contract review and approval, ethics violation tracking, and whistle blower reporting. Watch our interview below:
February 8th, 2012 → 1:10 pm @ Ari Kaplan
At Legal Tech NY 2012, I had the chance to speak with David Netzer, the President of LitigationSupportCareers.com, which he describes as “an alternative to Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com.” In a continuing trend of leveraging the web to pursue local opportunities, Netzer created LitigationSupportCareers.com to provide a portal for the industry to specifically advertise legal technology and litigation support positions. He notes that it builds efficiency by increasing the number of qualified applicants while reducing the amount of resumes that employers ultimately need to evaluate. Job seekers can also proactively search for positions by location, category, and employer type. Watch our interview below:
February 3rd, 2012 → 7:11 am @ Ari Kaplan
I read this post 10 Big Reasons We Need to Reinvent the School Year from Online Colleges and it resonated with me because of my research and recent article – Applying the Alternative Fee Model to Law School Tuition, which has generated some additional discussion. The Online Colleges staff writers conclude that “the school year that worked for students decades ago simply isn’t practical for today’s students” and propose altering the school year because, among other reasons:
Flexibility in the length of high school could help students better prepare for college.
The reasons behind the creation of summer vacation don’t really apply to modern life.
Students often simply don’t have time to learn everything they need in a school year.
Year-round school can also impact students’ overall health and well-being.
This discussion is taking place across the educational spectrum as technology continues to transform the manner in which we deliver information.