Join the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) for this free webinar on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. GMT / 12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CST /10:00 a.m. MST / 9:00 a.m. PST.
Description: Having an effective SharePoint strategy is essential to getting the full value out of your platform investment. But how do you create an effective strategy, and where do you start? SharePoint is a continually evolving platform, so once you have a strategy, how do you ensure it will be successful over time? Join Richard Harbridge as he discusses the importance of effective SharePoint strategies and outlines real-world best practices in the legal industry.
Speaker: Richard Harbridge is an internationally recognized expert in Microsoft SharePoint and is a technology and business evangelist with deep expertise in information architecture, enterprise content management and technology strategy. He has successfully defined, architected, developed and implemented well over one hundred SharePoint solutions, including small implementations on a single server to over 80,000-user implementations in international organizations.
On Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada), I’ll be conducting the fourth of four webinars in the KM 101 series. Register here – free. Here’s a description:
This session is called: Intranets, Portals, Web 2.0 & Enterprise 2.0
Knowledge Management is not all about technology, but it certainly helps. Today, we’ll discuss how intranets/portals can play a central role in your firm’s KM strategy, and can provide a single place to access much of the information that lawyers and staff need to do their jobs efficiently and effectively. We’ll also look at Web 2.0 tools (blogs, wikis, etc.) and see how they can be used both inside (referred to as Enterprise 2.0) and outside the law firm.
Lots of people are writing about JD Supra, the new free database of legal documents. Is this the start of some sort of inter-law firm KM? Is there such a thing? Doesn’t the definition of KM for law firms (or at least a good one from Knowledge Management and the Smarter Lawyer by Gretta Rusanow) exclude the idea of inter-firm KM? One of the goals of KM in law firms is to meet the firm’s business objectives, right? Perhaps sharing legal articles (MoFo is the #2 contributor to JD Supra, but all of the documents are articles) helps meet business goals if doing so is seen as marketing. But are any firms going to share the good stuff — the “intellectual capital” that really gives them the competitive advantage over the other firms out there? It’s difficult enough to convince some lawyers to share knowledge within their own firms, so only time will tell. It just went live.
Regardless of the future of the KM implications of JD Supra, I like the resources tab. It is a nice collection of web sites for state and federal courts, law school clinics and journals, and national and state bar associations. Handy stuff to maybe link to on your law firm’s intranet.
LawyerKM :: Knowledge Management & Technology for Lawyers and Law Firms
dBusinessNews, of Denver, reportedthat LexisNexis released a report on “how Information Professionals (IPs) are adding value to their organizations through technology and knowledge management.”
93% of librarians saying they currently use intranets for managing and distributing information
39% of information professionals access Weblogs at least weekly
34% of information professionals access wikis
However, “less than two in ten access video podcasts (16%), or audio podcasts (15%).” This is surprising. Podcasts are a great way to learn on the go and make commuting time to learn.
Among the most successful new initiative/service that information professionals have launched in the past year: document search, retrieval, delivery, and access enhancements. This comes as no surprise, as many law firms are still struggling with how to quickly and efficiently find internal work product. Document management search engines, though better than they have been, are still horribly ineffective. Solutions from providers like Recommind and Practice Technologies are gaining traction in firms, but like the wheels of justice, the wheels of change at some firms sometimes move slowly.