Welcome to the latest issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter (February 2016 #290)


• David Aird on the lessons learned from DAC Beachcroft’s £4.39m (US$6.1m) failed IT project… “By then it was pretty clear that SharePoint was not going to work out of the box!”

• HSF achieves global tech integration… “I believe we’re the only global merged law firm to have this so we’re either very right or very wrong but it’s a wonderful place to be.” – CIO Haig Tyler

• Doing things differently DWF-style… “We’ve got to create a Fisher-Price experience with tech, where people coming on board are immediately up to speed and a two-year old could use it!” – CTO Richard Hodkinson

• Starship TRE Enterprise hits the final frontier

• Thomson Reuters Assistant GC Nayeem Syed Talks Tech: “In the new world economy, lawyers will no longer get paid for what they know but what they can do, as Google knows everything!” Plus on lawyers being replaced by AI/Robots… “If driverless cars are no longer science fiction, how can at least machine-assisted lawyers not be around the corner? Personally I think judges supported by machines will precede the fully automated school run.”

• Three leading law firm heads of IT: Karen Jacks of Bird & Bird + Francesc Munoz of Cuatrecasas + Richard Hodkinson of DWF identify top priorities & market trends – the Cloud + cybersecurity + consolidation + business transformation on the agenda

• Who’s in and Who’s out: all the latest wins and deals from around the UK, American, APAC and EMEA legal markets including more new entrants to the legal vertical: Gridstore + CenturyLink + Encompass + SMS Passcode

• Movers & Shakers: who is coming, who is going – and who has gone: Mike Barry of Aderant says time to hand over to the next generation + David Thorpe to ignite Bottle Rocket in EMEA + Billy Hyatt takes over at Cicayda


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Our next issue (No #291 – March) will be out on Wednesday 23 March 2016