Peer to Peer Magazine

Winter 2019

The quarterly publication of the International Legal Technology Association

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16 E nterprises in just about every industry are creating virtual workspaces and customized applications on aggressive timelines to streamline collaborative work, automate labor-intensive tasks and reuse existing data in creative and powerful new ways. Why not law firms and legal departments? Until recently, legal organizations have lacked the technological expertise, IT staff and development tools to make it possible or practical. But with the emergence of highly flexible, low code or even no code application development tools on platforms designed specifically for diverse legal workflows, the dynamic is beginning to change. It is now becoming practical for legal IT employees and even non-IT staff, like lawyers and paralegals, to quickly create customized functional workspaces and applications for everyday business purposes. Legal organizations are finally catching on to the fact the data they are sitting on – whether it is generated from eDiscovery, litigation, billing, financial, risk management or other activities – is not just a byproduct of tools and workflows to be used, stored and archived, but an underutilized resource that can generate tremendous value. The data can be integrated and repurposed in novel ways to create new efficiencies, reduce cost and risk, increase transparency and accountability, B Y D AV I D C A R N S and produce game-changing business intelligence. Creating functional workspaces and other applications to quickly adapt to new challenges and opportunities is a promising way to leverage the power of that data. A comprehensive platform that unites diverse legal workflows In recent years innovations like cloud computing, software-as-a-service, Web APIs and artificial intelligence have converged to enable unprecedented platform flexibility, extensibility, scalability and analytic power. The most advanced platforms for legal organizations are now easier than ever to configure and have been purposefully Rapid Application Development, DIY Tech and Repurposing Data across the Organizational Workflow A Functional Workspace Platform for the Future

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