Briefing: Future Perfection?

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Briefing: Future Perfection?

Chris Cartrett, executive vice president, Aderant, outlines the core capabilities he believes will really create competitive advantage for law firms from the year 2020

It’s somewhat serendipitous that we’re now talking about the law firm of 2020. Looking back at recent years, it seems as though every industry has had its own version of a ‘2020 vision’ and, as technology leaders, we’re prone to constantly looking toward the future. At Aderant, we introduced the concept ‘Your Firm 2020’ about four years ago. In a nutshell, it’s the things your firm’s technology must enable it to do in order to be successful in 2020 and beyond.

At the time, we predicted that four main concepts would be essential: automation, mobility, collaboration and cybersecurity. As we reach this landmark point in time, I think it’s safe to say these concepts have played out pretty much as we predicted.

According to Altman Weil’s Law firms in transition 2019 survey, 48% of respondents reported using technology to automate previously manual tasks in the quest to increase efficiency. In the same survey, 63.3% of respondents cited changes to when and where they work, therefore necessitating mobile access to tools and information.