Tikit is launching an independent product advisory board headed by legal IT veteran Janet Day to help inform its IT strategy going forward, we can reveal.
Day, who was IT director at Allen & Overy until 1992, then director of technology and infrastructure services for 18 years at Berwin Leighton Paisner (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner), will be looking for other legal IT influencers from EMEA and North America to join her on Tikit’s new board.
She says: “I want to convene a group with a breadth of knowledge, understanding and market experience. They will have the weight to know their ideas are being listened to, and the confidence to make recommendations that won’t necessarily match Tikit’s own road map.” She adds: “We’ll be entirely independent and looking to ensure that the products Tikit develops reflect the changing way firms do business in the modern legal world.”
Speaking to Legal IT Insider, Tikit’s chief technology officer Mark Garnish said: “Janet is going to create an independent advisory board with her peers and others who have a voice and an understanding of the industry to help inform us of what our IT strategy should be and what we need to develop or don’t need to develop. The key thing for us is that it’s Janet’s decision: although Janet is working with us, she gets to decide who is on the board and its direction. It’s for the greater benefit of our clients to make sure that we do the right thing going forward with regard to development and partnerships.”
It is expected that the board, who aside from Day will be voluntary, will feedback market trends and client demands in order to help Tikit shape its product strategy. Garnish said: “As an example, the board may say that they see the impact of outside counsel guidelines as key and that may shape the way we develop our product.” The people Day involves are not limited to Tikit clients.
“I want to see Tikit deepening its relationships with firms further as their technology partner of choice. I also want to see Tikit extending those relationships into the wider community within firms, including to other business professionals like those in finance, and adding additional products that are needed in the legal business to its product portfolio,” said Day.
She added: “Firms now need a paradigm shift in the use and delivery of information. This’s why now is such a compelling time to look at the products that will help law firms on that journey.”