We just returned from an extremely exciting week in Chicago for the ABA TECHSHOW. The ABA TECHSHOW consistently ranks as one of our favorite events of the year – the speakers are always excellent, the attendees are excited and knowledgeable about technology, and our booth is constantly busy with existing or prospective customers telling us where they’d like to see us take Clio.
If you didn’t have a chance to attend this year, mark April 11-13, 2011 on your calendars for next year.
Here are a few of our notes from the event:
The Inaugural IgniteLaw
Matt Homann of LexThink decided to run an interesting experiment at this year’s TECHSHOW. On the eve of TECHSHOW’s official kickoff, Matt organized a group of 16 speakers to speak – for 6 minutes each – on their vision for the future of law practice. Speakers at the event included Carolyn Elefant, Ed Adams, Tom Mighell, Ernie Svenson, Niki Black, Doug Sorocco and Ari Kaplan. Clio’s own Jack Newton spoke on “What a Law Firm Can Learn from Zappos.com” at the event.
The buzz both before and after IgniteLaw was incredible. The event was sold-out, and the just-posted videos of the speakers have already racked up hundreds of views. The ABA Journal even covered the event. We hear IgniteLaw will make another appearance at next year’s TECHSHOW, and we’re already looking forward to it.
Cloud Computing Continues to Grow and Gain Mainstream Traction
At TECHSHOW 2008 we were one of the only cloud computing providers exhibiting at TECHSHOW. In the intervening two years we’ve seen the number of SaaS providers at TECHSHOW explode. Three exciting cloud-based products that joined this year’s lineup are Fastcase, Dialawg and Contract Express.
The 2010 TECHSHOW program is perhaps one of the most telling indicators of SaaS going mainstream – rather than one or two presentations, this year we were be treated to broad array of topics on “Practicing in the Cloud”
- Introduction to “Cloud” Computing with David Bilinsky and Matt Kesner
- Hey, You, Get Off of Onto My Cloud: Tools to Run Your Practice in the Cloud with Erik Mazzone and Catherine Sanders Reach
- Taking Your Office Virtual with Nicole Garton-Jones and Alan Wernick
- Going Virtual with Web Applications: New Forms of Practice with Will Hornsby and Marc Lauritsen
What struck my co-authors [Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson] and me perhaps the most was the acceptance of cloud computing as an accepted, standardized, institutionalized option that merited equal consideration along with Ground Computing.
Congratulations to the organizers of ABA TECHSHOW 2010 – the program and show was a resounding success, and we look forward to returning next year.