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10th legal tech survey by ALM: Dish or dirt?

Is ALM's Tech @ 10 survey valuable to anyone but sponsors? First I came across Blogger Ron Friedmann, who recommends reading it:

"We sometimes forget how much has changed in 10 years. Highlights include the revolution in mobility (laptops, PDAs and BlackBerrys), the adoption of wireless networks, and increasing budgets this year. The complete survey results are also worth reviewing for data on what's in use, market shares of leading products, and law firm tech spending and staffing. The data confirm the growing interest in Microsoft SharePoint, the increasing importance of electronic discovery services, and client use of extranets. " More here.

But then I read J. Craig Williams, who says no, don't bother:

"... really, I don't care about this survey.  Why? Because it misses the mark.  Presumably, ALM conducts these surveys of the big firms based on the general theory that what's good for GM is good for the country, or something like that.  As MIPTC has pointed out before, the big firms are only a small part of the entire population of lawyers.  By conducting and publicizing these types of surveys, ALM misses out on how the mid- to small-size firms use technology ..." More here.

What do you think?

Posted by Laurel Newby on October 31, 2005 at 02:21 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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