Our final days at ILTA were spent visiting the booths in the vendor exhibit hall. While there were many interesting booths of various focus from knowledge management to IT staffing solutions, we limited our visits to vendors and services relating to eDiscovery, self-collection tools and records management. We saw the launching of new products, and talked to existing providers about improved functionality, new releases, and upgrades. These open discussions with vendors allow Wortzman Nickle to stay abreast of the changing landscape to the tools and technology in the eDiscovery market.
We attended an interesting session yesterday “Client Oriented Document Review”. We had to chuckle when one of the panelists described some of her experiences as the ‘dry cleaner effect’ – the lawyer drops off their eDiscovery project on Friday with the request that it be ready for pick up on Monday.
One of the common threads in many of the sessions we attended this week was the need for efficient, defensible and repeatable processes; in other words, legal project management. While many lawyers and law firms may be using project management methodologies in their practices, the need for formalized processes seems to be the emphasis.
In summary, our week at ILTA has been an informative experience to learn, explore and network. We had the opportunity to catch up with old friends, put faces to colleagues we frequently phone or email, and meet new friends from around the world. We are looking forward to de-briefing from the week, and getting ready for a busy fall.
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