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23 WWW.ILTANET.ORG | ILTA WHITE PAPER OFFICE 365 Geing Ready: The Lowdown on Office 365 Compatibility Next, once you have a shortlist of the soware you really need and really want to keep, determine if it's in-house or vendor soware. If it's in-house, you need to find out whether you have the skills to redevelop it or can source those skills at a reasonable price, in a reasonable timeframe. If it's vendor soware, ask your suppliers what their plans are for Office 365 compatibility. And don't let them fob you off. Many may not be ready to roll out compatible versions yet, but they will increasingly have a roadmap for doing so. The next thing to do is take a deep breath and compromise. Accept that there will be things you can't sensibly change but that you can live with. Some functionality, for instance, could be extraordinarily difficult to achieve on a smartphone. But if it's obtainable elsewhere, assess how much it really maers that it won't work on smartphones. Then, if you can live with it, you must educate your users on what can and can't be done on what device. Also tell them broadly why, so they understand you're not being obstructive. Aorneys will increasingly want a mobile capability. Younger aorneys will increasingly expect it. And did you know that by 2025— less than ten years from now—75 percent of the global workforce will be made up of so-called Millennials born aer 1980? Office 365, which enables mobility, is the future. It's just understanding what it really is, how it works and geing on board with the adjustments that must be made. ILTA MARK GARNISH Mark is Chief Technology Officer of Tikit Ltd, a world-leader in technology solutions for law firms and has ultimate responsibility for the development of their Legal IT products including Tikit Carpe Diem, Tikit eMarketing, Tikit Template Management System and Tikit Connect. He would describe himself as a client success manager in development clothing and has always tried to maintain a close relationship with clients, ensuring that Tikit stays attuned to market needs and ahead of the competition in terms of product innovation and development. He can be reached at mark.garnish@tikit.com. Want to learn more about Office 365 compatibility? Watch a recent webinar recording. VIEW RECORDING

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