Am Law Tech Survey 2011
The results of The American Lawyer's annual survey of law firm technology suggest that how successful firms are in striking a balance between making data accessible and making it secure will help determine how they fare in an anytime-anywhere world.
It's been some time since the economy wasn't the dominant theme in our yearly survey. But while the struggling recovery must still be reckoned with, feedback from the 82 law firm technology chiefs who responded this yearand follow-up interviews with nearly a dozen of themreveal that the top focus has moved from dollars to data. The key issue: How do firms make information accessible to their lawyers without making it tooaccessible. The main challenges facing chief information officers include how to capture the potential cost savings offered by cloud-based data-storage options without compromising security, deciding which applications lawyers can download to their firm-supported mobile devices, and responding to client concerns about where and how data is kept and accessed. Striking the right balance will help determine how firms fare in an anytime-anywhere world.
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