IT as a Service for Legal Firms

January 24, 2017

The legal industry is now focusing more on changes in Information Technology.  IT changes, or not keeping up with IT changes, can create risks for their clients and their practice.  Case Management Software, document management, email encryption, time tracking, billing contacts, case calendars and more have created an even greater reliance on IT infrastructure security, performance, and reliability.

Document collaboration, video conferencing and mobile devices are making IT security surface as a critical business problem.  However, with all of these demands on IT,  fewer than 60% of legal firms have a “formal” IT budget and 25% of legal firms still have no IT security policies.

Technology Trends in the Legal Industry

Posted on the Lexus/Nexus Business of Law Blog, the Top Technology Trends in the Legal Industry are described.  Based on our knowledge of providing IT infrastructure, hosting, management and support services to our legal clients, here are some of those trends which we feel have come to fruition and will continue to mature.

  • With the focus on data/information security on the rise and driving needed attention on law firm environments, we expect more firms outsourcing in 2017..  They’re asking themselves, “Why should I host and manage all of these applications and data when I can get an expert to do it and satisfy my clients need for an ultra-secure legal data environment?” In 2017, more will move to an outsourced model.
  • An acceleration of legal departments getting comfortable with alternative models by “unbundling”, re-aggregating previously unbundled tasks and using managed service providers to get work done.
  • An acceleration of small to medium law firms “outsourcing” their core operating platforms to the cloud to begin to level the playing field with larger law firms allowing more work to seamlessly flow to smaller law firms.
  • 2017  will see attorneys and law firms continue to adopt and utilize web-based software and services at an ever-increasing rate.  While the legal industry has historically been slow to adopt new technology, firms that conduct the cost-benefit analysis of these services conclude that it’s almost a “no brainer
  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Starts Spreading to Laptops and Tablets, especially in smaller firms and will continue to grow.
  • Firms will spend most of their extra money on Document Management Software rather than Practice Management Software.
  • A law firm website is now the essential element of its marketing. Hinge research showed that 77% of professional firms generate new business leads online. 70% of law firms in another survey said their website generated new matters.
  • The firms that have focused on improved business processes and supported them with smart technology will have many more opportunities in 2017  than the firms that are simply trying to make the standard technology tools work well together. It’s another case of the haves and have-nots.

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6 Technical Interview Tips for Prospective Software Engineers

November 1, 2016

This is article is courtesy of the Galvanize blog. Interested in entrepreneurship, web development, or data science? Check out the Galvanized Newsletter, bringing you the best content from The Learning Community for Technology.

Job interviews are absolutely terrifying. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve prepped. The stress of having a small window to prove your worth is a daunting task no matter how great you are. Even the most confident coder can turn into a sweaty mess at the prospect of a technical interview.

The good news is that with the right preparation, you’ll be ready to field complex questions without hesitation:

Be a Problem Solver

Obviously, you need to have the hard skills to excel in a position. But a passion for problem-solving and hard work will give you the one-up on a similarly skilled candidate who acts less-then thrilled to be there.

If you’re asked a question you don’t know how to answer, don’t freeze or go quiet. Many interviewers like to put you on the spot to see how you work through a problem and communicate complexities. Attention to detail and the ability to ask relevant questions are also areas of focus, and your answer is often secondary to how you got there.

Show Your Work

Interviewers want to know that you’re checking and double-checking your assumptions, and will also ask you why you choose the code solutions that you did. Don’t get defensive – they likely just want to see how well you can take feedback, as well as gauge your ability to critically evaluate your own work.

Getting Technical

If the prospect of fielding a barrage of technical questions makes you cringe, you’re not alone. Don’t panic. The key to understanding and conveying some of the more technical facets of a job is to prepare, prepare, and prepare some more. The last thing you want to do is get stumped on a question and not have a way to circumvent a solution.

Know Data Structures

Knowing the basics of computer science can go a long way in keeping you in the fight for the job. Data structures are the basis of computer science, and you should be familiar with arrays, linked lists, hash tables/maps and binary trees. As software engineer Aakash Basu writes on Quora, “Without them, you will be reinventing the wheel – not always successfully.”

Understand Search Algorithms

Interviewers often focus on your understanding of search algorithms to gauge your skill set, including the nuances of breadth-first search (BFS) and depth-first search (DFS), and when to use one vs. the other. Make sure you understand these algorithms so you don’t get caught with your pants down on a difficult question during the interview.

Get Efficient Sorting

Efficient sorting is vital when optimizing the use of algorithms. The interview will likely be filled with a few examples of this. CareerSource recommends focusing on Merge Sort and Quicksort to refine your knowledge and determine when to use each.

Source: http://tech.co/6-tips-software-engineers-interview-2016-10


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US temp jobs fall by 9,800, but still rise over year

March 8, 2016

The number of US temp jobs fell by 9,800 in February when compared to January, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the temp penetration rate — temp jobs as a percent of total employment — fell to 2.03% in February from 2.04% in January.

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ASA index dips over year

February 25, 2016

The American Staffing Association’s index measuring employment in the US staffing industry was 92.65 for the week of Feb. 8 to Feb. 14. Temporary and contract staffing employment decreased 0.76% from the prior week and was 3.31% lower than the same week last year — one of 19 consecutive record high weeks that began in mid-January and continued through mid-May.

Staffing employment during the past four weeks averaged 93.28, down 3.03% from the same period last year.

– See more at: http://www.staffingindustry.com/Editorial/Daily-News/ASA-index-dips-over-year-37009#sthash.rCnJObcL.dpuf


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ASA index dips over year

February 25, 2016

The American Staffing Association’s index measuring employment in the US staffing industry was 92.65 for the week of Feb. 8 to Feb. 14. Temporary and contract staffing employment decreased 0.76% from the prior week and was 3.31% lower than the same week last year — one of 19 consecutive record high weeks that began in mid-January and continued through mid-May.

Staffing employment during the past four weeks averaged 93.28, down 3.03% from the same period last year.

– See more at: http://www.staffingindustry.com/Editorial/Daily-News/ASA-index-dips-over-year-37009#sthash.rCnJObcL.dpuf


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IT jobs still outperform despite deceleration, TechServe Alliance reports

February 17, 2016

The number of IT jobs in the US edged up 0.2% in January from December to almost 5.1 million, reported TechServe Alliance, an association of IT and engineering staffing companies. Year-over-year IT employment in the US rose by 4.0% in January.

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Job Postings, hirings climb in U.S.

January 13, 2016

U.S. employers advertised slightly more jobs in November as overall hiring edged up and more Americans quit their jobs in signs of a healthier environment for workers.

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Optimistic outlook for 2016, Express Employment survey finds

January 5, 2016

Half of business leaders expect moderate growth in 2016, according to a survey released today by Express Employment Professionals. Fewer predicted a decrease in business activity, while more predicted growth.

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One-fifth of employees to seek new job in 2016

January 4, 2016

More than one-fifth of employees, 21%, plan to leave their current employers in 2016, according to a survey from CareerBuilder. This is an increase from 16% in last year’s survey.

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Ready to be the best in 2016: What makes a truly great employee?

January 4, 2016

While most managers would say their teams are made up of hard-working employees (for the most part at least), there are some employees who tend to rise above the rest. They not only do good work, but they also demonstrate certain qualities that make them an ideal employee in the eyes of their boss.

Every manager has a different idea of what it takes to be a truly great employee, so we asked company managers and leaders to share with us who their best employee is (or was) and why.

Here’s what they had to say:

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