Press: Leading UK Law Firm, Farrer & Co, Successfully Deploys NetDocuments Web-Based eFile Solution
LONDON, UK – The leading London-based law firm, Farrer & Co LLP, has successfully deployed NetDocuments' cloud-based service to all 400 individuals in the firm. Farrer & Co represents the first mid-market UK firm to implement a true cloud-based electronic file solution for managing documents and emails - giving their lawyers, partners, and staff seamless and secure access to their files from anywhere on any device and providing increased efficiency for clients.
Leverage Your Mobile Workforce, But Be Smart About What You’re Using
The mobility revolution. According to Pew Research Internet Project, mobile technology has expanded increasingly in 2014 and will only continue to grow into 2015. Their research shows that: Along with these statistics, they also show that more than half of app users have uninstalled or decided to not install an app due to security concerns. There is increased pressure for law firms to adapt to this new mobile environment by making applications accessible outside of the office to keep productivity flowing. But, since data security is such a huge priority, there is hesitancy to log on to third-party applications for fear of exposing personal or sensitive information.
The American Lawyer's Annual Technology Survey
Some interesting stats and a nice article by Alan Cohen on the topic of data security in this years' technology survey of the Am Law 200 firms. A notable point is that there is no consensus as to which is the #1 security concern for top firm executives. However, the top three security issues for 74 of the top 200 firms are: The rise in security concerns is in part due to the pressure clients are putting on their firms. The pressure is coming in the form of audits, and lengthy questionnaires. "Five years ago, we didn't have security audits," Gary Becker, the CIO at Reed Smith, stated. "We've had over 15 of them this year."
Great Technology is Found at the Intersection of Simplicity and Functionality
When I buy a new cell phone, the last thing I want to do is sit through lengthy tutorials on how to use the most common functions. I just want it to work. I want it to be intuitive enough that it just makes sense. Seems like our day-to-day business applications should follow suit, but with technology evolving so quickly, the sophistication and difficulty of implementation is rising with it. The need for technology geared towards the enterprise to flaunt features that are so cumbersome that they turn simple tasks into confusing, week long processes, is weakening the firm's abilities to focus on and service clients.
Case Study: How One Start-up Firm Used Technology to Hit the Ground Running
Sherman Wells Sylvester & Stamelman LLP opened their doors in July 2014 with approximately 30 attorneys and support staff in offices in New Jersey and New York. They decided from day one that investing in people and the technology that would allow them to best service their client base would be a top priority. Their goal between the two offices was to be as paperless and cloud-based as possible. Modernizing the law firm with leading edge technology has helped them realize their goals, and choosing NetDocuments as their content management service provider met their objectives. Harry Atlas, partner at Sherman Wells, explains the importance of technology in the firm and why NetDocuments was the best available solution.
Demystifying the Cloud
Believe it or not, there is a real phobia known as 'nephophobia.' I was shocked to discover that it is defined as a fear of clouds. Like any other fear, the more time you spend confronting it and educating yourself about it, the less scary it becomes. Such is the case with a different type of cloud, the business cloud. There has been a dramatic surge of organizations taking their business applications to the cloud as fear and doubt of what the cloud can do is demystified. It is important to remember that all clouds are not created equal. Just as the nephophobes may fear clouds of various shapes and sizes, cloud applications for your business can be implemented in a number of different ways. Of course, there are also cloud vendors whose security and availability differ from others, as well as performance and features that should be considered. In a nutshell, cloud applications have numerous applications and functions that define the end-user experience; the challenge is discovering what will be most beneficial for your business.
Jackson Kelly PLLC Swaps On-premise DMS and Moves to the Cloud
Salt Lake City, UT – October 16, 2014 – Jackson Kelly PLLC has selected NetDocuments to replace Worldox, their existing on-premise document management system. As the firm's requirements to service clients around the country in a wide variety of industries remains a priority, they sought out a modern and scalable solution to manage documents and email. The switch was prompted in an effort to take advantage of the mobility, collaboration, continuity, and security that NetDocuments cloud-based document management service has to offer.
Reaction-Based Problem Solving Puts Your Firm at Risk
As a document and email management service (DMS) provider for over 15 years, we've seen all types of businesses, problems, and opportunities to switch document and email management providers. Most customers seek out a solution due to one or several "compelling events". These compelling events come in all shapes and sizes, yet most approach the situation as a problem that needs to be solved through technology. Here are a few recurring themes we've seen as they relate to content management:
Technology: The New Tier to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
I recently read an article explaining how technology has become so engrained and necessary in our lives, that it is becoming as essential as having breakfast in the morning. Our society is technologically developing at such a rapid rate, that if we don't become consumers, we will starve. In a business sense, the technology we employ becomes such an integral part of our bottom lines that education is imperative to keep processes running. Maslow's hierarchy of need suggests that we all have basic needs, and once certain needs are met, we strive for the next level of fulfillment until we reach self-actualization. At the very bottom of the hierarchy, the most basic needs are listed: shelter, food, water, air. At the top is the need for all of us to reach our full potential. In between are safety, belonging, and esteem. So, where does technology fit into our structure of need? If we consider that technology is such a basic need that we rely on for survival, it would probably lie somewhere between physiological and safety.