A Decade in Legal Tech – 5 Surprises

Travel back in time to 2010. What was appended to your hand back then? A BlackBerry?  Perhaps the least anticipated change in legal is the decline in usage – to nearly zero – of the BlackBerry smartphone. I was rarely separated from my CrackBerry. It changed everything. Always connected. 

Here’s my take on five changes in legal tech in the last decade.  One caveat, I work mainly with documents, email, mobility, and security. Therefore, I see just a sliver of legal tech. You surely have seen others.

BlackBerry and iPhone 11 Smart Phones

1. BlackBerry ⬇️…iPhone #1

In 2011, 40% of attorneys responding to the ABA Tech Survey used BlackBerries. 

Here are the ABA 2018 Technology Survey data on smartphone usage by lawyers:

  • iOS – 68%
  • Android – 25%
  • BlackBerry – 2%
  • Windows – 1%
  • None – 5%

2. The Cloud ☁️

Even as recently as 5 years ago, the mention of the Cloud drew major push-back at law firms. NetDocuments led the way in legal. NetDocuments is in their 20th year. The most famous SaaS company, Salesforce.com, was founded in 1999. NetDocuments was truly a pioneer, now experiencing tremendous growth. In addition, we have seen surprising Office 365 adoption at law firms in the past two years. 

3. iManage’s management buyout from HP

From Interwoven to Autonomy to HP, iManage wound up as niche product in a bloated company. They escaped not a minute too soon. It’s been an impressive turnaround. 

4. Face🧑🏼‍ ID & Touch 🤚🏼ID 

Security and usability are often at loggerheads. Biometric authentication has satisfied both.

5. Edit a document without a PC 💻

Word may be second only to Outlook email as the tool most frequently used by lawyers. 

These two products made it possible: 

Looking back, what surprising developments have you seen in past decade in legal tech?

Happy Holidays!

-Maureen

Mobile Document Review with the LINK Viewer

For easy and secure document review, we have integrated our own document viewer in our LINK app. When you tap on a document name in LINK, it automatically opens in the LINK document viewer. LINK renders all documents as a PDF for high fidelity to the original. If there are Tracked Changes or redlines in the document, they are rendered as well. Or, you can elect to accept them and view a clean copy of the document.

The LINK viewer provides these essential features:

  • Annotate in the LINK viewer: highlight, underline, strike through, and much more, including irreversible redaction; select colors, opacity, thickness; Apple Pencil is supported
  • Split screen view – view two documents, two versions, or an email and a document side-by-side
  • Indices of: document outline/edits, annotations, and bookmarks
  • Bookmark a page and name the bookmark
  • Thumbnails
  • Continuous scroll
  • Search by term
  • Go to a page number
  • View one page up or two pages up
  • Rotate the page orientation

You may view a document in DMS (content management), an email attachment, or a document saved to My Files local, encrypted storage in LINK.

After you have reviewed, and possibly marked up, your document, you then have these quick options:

  • Check-in to your DMS or content management system
  • Email to a colleague or client
  • Save to My Files, the encrypted local storage in LINK
  • Air Print

You can access your documents, review, and annotate them in a single app – LINK.

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Maureen

Mobile Helix LINK at ILTA LegalSEC Summit 2019, June 3-5

We love LegalSEC!

and we are a sponsor again this year. We will be at Table number one showing LINK’s latest mobile DLP features.

Stop by to say hi and to see a LINK demo. Our LINK app’s encryption, containerization, and authentication provide strong security for your documents and data. Now LINK offers key word and metadata filtering, recipient checking, and restriction on emailing files from classified workspaces.

This year’s keynote speaker is William R. Evanina, Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.

Register here

ILTA LegalSEC Summit 2019 Keynote Speaker William R. Evanina

LegalSEC Summit 2019 is designed for technology professionals at every level who manage security, information governance and data privacy tech projects and initiatives in support of the practice of law. This exciting two-day Summit offers premier learning and a connected networking environment to focus on information security challenges faced by the legal industry.

See our LINK App at iManage ConnectLive 2019, Times Square

iManage ConnectLive 2019 Proud Sponsor

We are thrilled to be a sponsor of ConnectLive for the 4th year!

May 7-8, Marriott Marquis, Times Square – Agenda & Registration here

To arrange a time for a demo or meeting at ConnectLive, write to us at contact@mobilehelix.com

With LINK, attorneys and staff work in one secure environment. LINK gives you full access to iManage, email, and the intranet. Search, annotate, compare, check-in, and email documents in one trusted app.

Register now. With the density of law firms in mid-town Manhattan, it could be a blow-out. See you in Times Square!

LINK in-app email, document comparison, and annotation
LINK in-app email, document comparison, and annotation
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What Can You Do With the LINK App?

If a picture is worth a thousand words then a video is worth a few thousand?

Our LINK app is so visual that we like to SHOW what it does. This video shows how LINK enables workflows for lawyers, especially document comparison and annotation.

What Can You Do With the LINK App? 2:22 from LINK App by Mobile Helix on Vimeo.

ILTA Webinar: Mobility for Lawyers – Greater Productivity and Ease of Use

Mobility is progressing rapidly. In the past 6 months, with our 3.4 release, our LINK app has added capabilities that enable lawyers to be truly responsive and productive from tablets and smartphones. 

View the recording of the webinar here. 

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Passing Through U.S. Customs and Border Patrol with Your Smartphone? LINK App to the Rescue!

Peripatetic lawyers, take note from Friday, 1/5/2018, in the Washington Post:

“U.S. customs agents conducted 60 percent more searches of travelers’ cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices during the government’s 2017 fiscal year, according to statistics released Friday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The agency said it searched 30,200 devices but the inspections affected only 0.007 percent of the 397 million travelers — including American citizens as well as foreign visitors — who arrived from abroad during the 12-month period that ended Sept 30.”1

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