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I L T A W H I T E P A P E R | L I T I G A T I O N A N D P R A C T I C E S U P P O R T 64 Smart Spaces: The Next Frontier for Legal Tech? B Y D O N F U C H S , V P O F H I G H Q A s legal technolo fads come and go, one concept that's currently trending in an upward direction has stickiness written all over it. Recently included in the Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technolo Trends for 2019, smart spaces are where people and technolo come together in one place, either in a physical or digital location. Similarly, digital workplaces are taking the business world by storm as companies try desperately to connect their distributed workforce and disparate IT systems. In this article, I explore how smart spaces address the needs of law firms and corporate legal departments. I also introduce examples of where smart space-like concepts have been attempted already in legal environments. And finally, this piece outlines an "ideal state" for bringing these two worlds together, providing a road map for success and sustainability. Defining a smart space When it comes to defining trends, Gartner has been at the forefront of understanding where technolo innovation is heading and predicting how it will influence the organizations they consult with. While it's not a surprise that artificial intelligence, analytics and blockchain feature prominently in their Top 10 Strategic Technolo Trends list, the inclusion of smart spaces is intriguing for those of us who look at this type of insight through a legal lens. According to Gartner, "A smart space is a physical or digital environment in which humans and

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