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LTNY 2008: Tired of EDD? Try Intrasocial Networking

Ross Ipsa Loquitor's Ross Kodner is tired of e-discovery-all-the-time, and he's not alone

It’s probably not particularly hip to say this, but I’m really tired of all the emphasis on the ED topic - all ED, all the time. It just sucks the oxygen out of so many other important legal technology topics. Many lawyers just don’t deal with it (maybe they should, but in mainstream legal America, especially in smaller firms who still do represent the largest base of legal population, it’s just not in the center of people’s radar screens).

In spite of his choice of acronym for electronic discovery (there's a reason  we throw in that otherwise superfluous "D" for data to make it "EDD"), Kodner makes a good point: There are other topics in legal technology that are just as important -- or more so -- for most lawyers. So what got Ross most excited at the show yesterday? "Of all companies, it was Microsoft."

I sat in on a Microsoft session entitled, “SharePoint 2007 for Service Delivery and Handshake Software’s DM Director.” Now, I’m as intrigued by the SharePoint concept as the next legal techie. I know it’s probably important, but not entirely sure of exactly what it is, does, who would want it, etc. Well, I’m no longer in the dark and I’m ready to drink the SharePoint Kool-Aid from the nearest fire-hose. What I saw in that 45 minutes this afternoon was nothing short of a freaking complete revolution in the way law practices can be electronically managed. Pardon the hyperbole, but I really mean it. Gad.

Kodner's buzz-phrase for 2008: “intrasocial networking.” He has seen the future, "powered by very clever people at Microsoft" -- a company once known for being utterly clueless about the legal market. Who knew?

Posted by John Bringardner on February 6, 2008 at 01:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

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