♫ The bad outweighs the good sometimes
That doesn’t mean we’re ‘spose to give it up
My problems are yours, and yours are mine
…We gotta make it work…♫
Words and music by Ne-Yo.
How quickly a year goes by! This blog is now into its second year and I can only thank all the readers who have come together and either posted comments or emailed me about the blog and shared with me their ideas, feedback and energy – and in the process, made all the time and effort worthwhile!
I have been reflecting on my original goals in launching this blog. One of the objectives that I would like to emphasize this year is to increase the collaborative aspect of the blog medium – by encouraging a dialogue between all the readers. Accordingly, I am launching the Make it Work! blog category. The idea here is to start with a problem that lawyers or law firms are facing..and see how many ideas we can assemble thru the readers’ comments that help solve the problem. By coming up with the questions and working collaboratively on all the different ways we can find to solve them we can build an online storehouse of tips, techniques and ways to solve our common problems.
So I thought we could start with the whole idea of moving to the paperless office. I have seen firms adopting many different solutions. The central problem is to create an electronic version of the paper file and the filing cabinet. Without a centralized storage location, the ‘file’ is scattered over different storage devices, computers, email accounts, Blackberries and the like. This makes documenting the file and the instructions from the client, difficult if not impossible. Furthermore, as the number of files grow, so does the size of the problem. Some firms create a standard folder structure under Exchange and back that up with office policies that require the emails, files etc to be saved to the appropriate folder. But this can ..and does…fall apart if everyone does not follow the policy.
One of the more elegant solutions that I have seen work for a smaller firm was the integration of Amicus Attorney with Worldox and MS Outlook. I have seen larger firms move to DOCS open, Interwoven and others. However, the challenges still remain..and I know that many lawyers are very skeptical about giving up the paper.
What do you use? What are the strengths and drawbacks of your system? I am hopeful that by sharing, we all can gain further insights and make it work!This entry was posted on Monday, July 14th, 2008 at 10:35 pm and is filed under Change Management, Issues facing Law Firms, Law Firm Strategy, Leadership and Strategic Planning, Make it Work!, Technology, Trends. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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