The 13th Annual Am Law Technology Survey was published this week in law.com's Legal Technology Bulletin and provides another look (in addition to ILTA's Technology Survey and the 2008 ILTA Legal Technology Purchasing Survey) at what technology Am Law 200 firms are using and what issues and challenges are paramount. The survey includes charts spanning software, budgets, communications, operations, quality of life, technology developments, and wireless preferences.
Here's an excerpt of the lead article written by Incisive Media frequent contributor, Alan Cohen:
" ... Of all the findings our thirteenth annual technology survey of Am Law 200 firms turned up, the most important was this: Law firm chief information officers and IT directors have a lot on their minds. Among the issues they're grappling with: What emerging technologies are worth investing in -- and which aren't ready for prime time? Should increasingly tech-savvy attorneys be able to download software they find on their own, or should firms vet everything first? Does the new generation of Web 2.0 tools -- blogs, wikis and social networking sites -- have a place in a law firm environment? And, of course, the real brainteaser: How can the enormous quantities of data lawyers generate possibly be managed?"