December 28th, 2011 by Gwynne Monahan
The last week of December, a time to reflect on the year past before looking to the year ahead.
Just like 2010, education was a staple in 2011. Our CEO and co-founder, Jack Newton, spoke on the security and ethics of cloud computing at conferences and webinars throughout the year. We celebrated our third year anniversary by announcing integration with Dropbox, Box.net and a referral program. And we also released a number of new features, like two-factor authentication, a new look and calendar improvements, like Statute of Limitations reminders.
A new thing we started this year was the #GoneClio blog and podcast series. The series features a Clio user who is a solo or small firm lawyer, and the discussion covers anything and everything from technology in the solo or small law firm to starting and running a law firm. It’s been an exciting series, and we’ve discovered that, while there are features every user likes, each user has also uniquely adapted Clio to his or her practice. Some of those adaptations made their way into our #cliotraining Tip series.
Speaking of our #cliotraining Tip series. What started as a one-off idea, a way to highlight features, new and old, became a weekly fixture this year. And you, our users, obliged and submitted some rather useful tips! User tips this year included adding tasks on the go, using QR codes for quick client file access, a creative method of tracking scanned documents and user productivity reports to help your bottom line. We’re rather excited to see what tips you’ll submit in 2012!
And let’s not forget our second annual Apple in Law Firms Survey! The results showed Apple made significant in roads into law offices in 2011, and as did Android and cloud computing applications. And no worries. We’ll dig deeper into the survey results at the start of the new year, much like we did last year.
There were some posts, too, that took an in depth look at current issues in the legal industry as it continues to shake, rattle and roll with the economic climate. 2011 saw a shift in focus from the plight of the laid off big law firm and the newly solo, and struggling lawyer to that of the law student, and legal education. We took a look at the changing legal education landscape, and if the continued discussion is any induction, 2012 may see more changes to legal education, too.
This year also saw a shift to the mobile platform, raising the question of whether or not the tablet spells the end of the desktop. The subject brought up another: native v. mobile apps. It will be interesting to see what direction the debate takes in 2012.