WNPC started the new year with a line up of great new projects, but we still have time to read. Here’s what we are reading…
Susan Wortzman – Having enjoyed a relaxing holiday, I have read several Famous Five Adventure books by Enid Blyton with my son, tossed in with some Hardy Boys and Pokemon. For me, I read Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, which I found a little slow, but with great characters. On the faster side, The Drop by Michael Connelly was his typical, fast paced Harry Bosch story. Great entertainment. I am now finally enjoying State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Took me a while to get started on it, but I am really loving it now. Ann Patchett also wrote Bel Canto, Run and The Patron Saint of Liars. I read and loved them all.
Susan Nickle – I am finishing When God Was a Rabbit and Jack, A Life With Writers. Also, Carys and I are reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone together. She is loving learning about all of the characters and I am enjoying sharing the experience with her.
Chuck Rothman – I’m reading “It Never Snows in September: the German View of Market-Garden and the Battle of Arnhem, September 1944”. It’s about the battles fought in southern Holland, as famously recounted in the book and movie, A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan, but from the German’s point of view. I find the discussion about motives and feelings of individual soldiers very interesting, particularly because, by this time in the war, most German soldiers knew the war was lost, but they kept on fighting anyway.
Rachael Chadwick – I don’t like to give up on a book, but I’m 293 pages into 1Q84 by Haruki Murakumi (which is 1030 pages long), and I’m eyeing the other books I have loaded onto my eReader….Annabel by Kathleen Winter and The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich. I might have to bookmark my spot in 1Q84 and try again later…..
We finished our three days at LegalTech and have safely returned to Toronto. Our general impression was that there have not been any monumental changes in the e-Discovery technology industry since last year. While there was some consolidation of products and vendors, the software systems available to litigators to deal with electronic records are pretty much the same as last year. We did see some refinements and improvements in previous year’s new innovations, but nothing stood out to us as the next e-discovery solution.
While products were not much changed, we did note a change in the way the products were promoted. Many vendors began their sales pitch by telling us why their competitors’ products did not work, and only their own products could meet our requirements. Perhaps this was due to it being a primaries year in the U.S., or it was a result of the lack of progress in software design since last year. Whatever the reason, it did somewhat dampen our overall experience. We most appreciated the vendors who proudly demonstrated their own wares without slamming the product next door.
The lack of real innovation may be due to a maturing e-Discovery industry. But, we are still optimistic as both products and processes continue to improve. The goal remains to develop solutions to reduce the cost and effort to identify, collect, review and produce electronic information.