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By Amol Bargaje, CIO, Jenner & Block
Technology as a Game Changer
Value creation is the best example of technology’s new role in our organizations. We all know technology must pay-off the promise of innovation but when it creates value—both internally and externally—then it’s a game changer.
At Jenner & Block, our recent successful implementation of NextJen–our virtual desktop environment—has been a catalyst for system-wide productivity. NextJen leverages Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to provide a consistent look-and-feel of the firm's desktop from anywhere (on network or remote) and regardless of the device (Mac/PC/tablet) used. Reduced downtime and enhanced security have been other NextJen advantages.
"We all know technology must pay-off the promise of innovation but when it creates value–both internally and externally— then it’s a game changer "
This initiative is a good example of how the role of technology within the law firm environment has matured from being a tactical, operational one to a more strategic function. Today, technology provides a competitive advantage.
Legal Project Management is another area where Jenner & Block has used technology for strategic advantage. For example, we created a one-of-a-kind matter budgeting tool that provides transparency to fees incurred throughout the month as well as an automated comparison to actual results, among other features. The greatest benefit of our approach is that it is not a one-size-fits-all program but rather, a menu of tools and customizable taxonomies which our practice groups embrace. Culturally, this has also fostered an important level of buy-in among our lawyers.
Concerns that Tremor the Industry
Not surprisingly, information security and data protection concerns keep me up at night. The concern is how to find practical, end-to-end solutions that help us use our sensitive data in the most efficient, effective, and compliant manner possible. New vulnerabilities are unearthed every day and the threat landscape is constantly evolving. Keeping up with the pressures of innovating, and keeping the lights on while keeping the firm secure is a very challenging