The annual legal technology conference in New York is being held this week. In addition to approximately 80 educational sessions, the show is home to over 300 vendors exhibiting legal technology. The technology ranges from the latest advancements in electronic document review to portable video conferencing, and everything in between. Our team’s focus is client-driven: learning about the most leading-edge legal technology available. With our packed schedules in hand (thanks, Chuck!), we met with numerous vendors to discuss their products, and to learn where their technology is heading in the coming year.
Three 2013 trends:
1. Information governance and security: we note an increased emphasis on the impact of effective information governance and security, reflected both in the educational sessions and in the available technology.
2. Simpler interface design: there is definitely more emphasis by vendors to enhance the user interface of established products. Vendors are recognizing that even if they have a solution with cutting edge technology, it will not be used if the end user is confused or doesn’t understand how to leverage the various features of the software. We have been advocating for simpler interface development for years, and are encouraged that it is now being embraced.
3. Oh Canada! We are also seeing more awareness of the Canadian marketplace. Several vendors who currently host data only in the U.S. have disclosed plans to host in Canada, either through new data centres or in partnerships with established Canadian service providers. This may open up new technology opportunities for organizations who elect to host solely in Canada due to privacy or security concerns.
Stay tuned for more Legal Tech® news as the Wortzman Nickle team wraps up its time in New York.