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  • Legal IT Roundtable – A Consultant’s Perspective

    August 2015

    I read a very good article this week in Law Gazette. Journalist Joanna Goodman reported on the Law Gazette’s recent Legal IT Roundtable. There didn’t appear to be representation or comment in the article from a technology consultant, so as a provider into the legal sector I wanted to fill the gap and provide that viewpoint. Goodman’s article is wide-ranging, covering: matter management, cloud services, business continuity, and innovation and agility. The audience was a good spread from small to large firms. I’ve provided extracts from the article below and provided responses (although I highly recommend your read the original article too). Feel free to provide your own views in the comments section below the article. General Views on Technology Value Some early comments in the article say: While for some smaller and niche firms IT has levelled the playing field, helping them grow their businesses and extend their market reach,…

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  • How you can benefit from not having an IT Strategy

    December 2014

    Reading time: 4 minutes If you don’t have an IT Strategy you are free to do whatever you want, whenever you want. Just don’t expect to be in a winning organisation. In over a decade of helping organisations to develop their IT Strategy, the one thing has been conspicuously absent is… an existing IT Strategy! This begs the question: Do you even need an IT Strategy? First let’s look at what I consider the top 5 reasons that drove those organisations I’ve helped to need an IT Strategy: Responding to a specific business challenge i.e. a risk, a market shift, regulatory change, increased competition A change in the leadership team that prompted a review of IT Relocation to new offices – opening up budget and providing an opportune time to review IT Technology constraints – either physical, such as running out of data centre capacity, or vendor driven, such as…

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  • Can you build a winning team without creating a sense of purpose?

    August 2014

    We’ve been working with a client recently to review one of their IT teams, and to help design an organisational structure that ensures success. One of the main challenges has been the importance that the client attributes to the team’s organisational structure. There is a strong view within the client that the best way to make a successful team is to come up with a winning structure first. That’s a bit like saying, “Get me the best sports team”, without identifying which sport you’re playing! Not only do we need to determine the game, but also the rules. If we want to play Rugby, is it the RFL or the RFU? And what’s our vision? Do we want to win the Challenge Cup, or can we only afford players that might mean we set our sights somewhat lower? Diving headlong into an org chart is a common mistake. This may…

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