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Babies born in Illinois may soon have their foundational health documents stored on the blockchain. Illinois is taking the lead in exploring the use of healthcare-related issues such as provider identity management. The Illinois Blockchain Initiative announced its partnership on August 31, 2017 with self-sovereign identity solutions leader Evernym, leveraging distributed ledger technology (DLT) to provide secure digital identity solutions. Self-sovereign identity refers to a digital identity that remains entirely under the individual's control. A self-sovereign identity can be efficiently and securely validated by entities who require it, free from reliance ...
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As a vendor, we don’t post often in this forum out of respect for the community’s peer-to-peer emphasis. However, Bluelock recently put together a comprehensive list of technology predictions with the help of 15 different experts within the legal industry. This eBook includes insights from Bluelock, law firm partners, associates and a variety of companies that service the legal industry. It includes 50 pages of insights, covering seven categories: Operations, Cybersecurity, Compliance & Regulations, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery, Artificial Intelligence, Workforce and Major Technology Disruptions. Readers will learn the following from your peers: ...
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SharePoint is a great tool for collaboration, and its potential for solving complicated business problems is limited only by its implementation – it's as good as you make it. Making SharePoint great can be costly and complex, depending on what you are trying to do, but making SharePoint work for a lot of business problems can be surprisingly inexpensive and easy. The  SHAREPOINT: INTRANET HOME PAGE PROJECT  is a collection of screenshots of SharePoint intranet home pages from ILTA firms around the country. Some firms contributed screenshots of additional pages, and those are included as well. Notably, contributing firms range in size from 21 attorneys ...
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Your firm has decided to join the modern workforce and offer employees the ability to work remotely either on a part-time or full-time basis. The benefits are many: superior employee retention, savings on real estate expenses, improved work-life balance and perhaps even a bump in productivity if you can avoid the pitfalls. This survival guide was designed to offer some insight from those intrepid explorers that have already made the journey to assist you in what can be a perilous expedition. “An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure.” (Ben Franklin) Proper planning is usually the key to any successful endeavor and implementing ...
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Have you ever been frustrated trying to find a document because someone said “Oh I just worked on it” but they didn’t give you a link or a number? Then you can’t find it because it turns out it was created by someone who isn’t here anymore or is authored to a different person than you thought it was?!   Well , have I got a trick for you! Yes, you can search the DMS based on what you know -who touched it last. Use the   Full Text search   area. Type:    LASTUSER:USERNAME   where   USERNAME   is of course, the username of the person who may have edited the document. This is the name we login to the computers with, NOT your email name. **Remember ...
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Blockchain – More than Digital Currency Blockchain Technology, the underlying system of Bitcoin, could help democratize the way we store data, prove ownership, and create verifiable trust relationships. The blockchain is a global, public database, or ledger, of transactions. When a transaction, like paying a friend is initiated, a network of computers use algorithms to validate that your account has enough money. Once validated, the record of your transaction – in the form of a “block” of data – is added to a chain of other people’s previous transactions. Once a transaction is made, it cannot be changed. And while you and your friend are anonymous, anyone ...
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What to negotiate or not to negotiate-THAT is the question. I was coming off quite a high from my first time speaking at ILTACON2017 over the last few months. The session  - Develop Your Ability to Negotiate and Work with IT Vendors (#ILTAG138) was very well received considering this is a technical conference.  I don’t want to say it was “standing room only” but they were lining the walls!  I know, I know, you are all our saying -  “come on, Pam, how could that topic have an exciting topic” (I was saying the same thing 10 minutes before I went live…as my teleprompter went on the fritz and I didn’t bring notes –I knew I’d have to ‘wing’ it). Apparently ...
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Last week ILTA hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on Windows 10. Since these virtual roundtables are not recorded and the topic is very relevant to many right now we thought a recap would be beneficial to more than those who just attended. Attached you will find the main categories with the recap underneath each as well as any useful links that were mentioned. This was created by myself and Laurel Englehardt.  Windows_10_Peer_Discussion_Recap_Notes.docx
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Applied Introduction to Machine Learning Is there anything in your work life that makes you think, “Why am I still doing this manually?” or “I wish I could see predictions based on historical data to help make decisions.” Perhaps you just think, in general, things could be done more efficiently through machine learning and process improvement. Well, you are probably right. I had something like that in my work life and decided that there was, in fact, a better way to do it.  In this post, I will give an overview of some fundamental machine learning concepts, and how I used Azure Machine Learning to automate helpdesk ticket assignment.  Regardless of ...
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Resources for Learning about Blockchain “What the internet did for communications, blockchain will do for trusted transactions.” – Ginni Rometty , Chairman, President and CEO of IBM Blockchain allows digital information to be distributed but not copied providing the backbone of a new type of internet. Don and Alex Tapscott, authors of Blockchain Revolution , describe blockchain as an incorruptible ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value. Blockchain is poised to disrupt not only the legal industry, but virtually every single industry. I believe ...
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Automating IG By: Leigh Isaacs, Julie Colgan, & Brianne  Aul For decades, varying degrees of automation have been woven into the fabric of most industries, which arguably has allowed many of them to remain competitive – and, for some, even viable. While many law firms have also invested in automation to address such initiatives as knowledge management, alternate fee arrangements, or even administrative tasks performed by Human Resources or Marketing, a much smaller percentage have used tools to help automate their information governance processes and procedures. However, with the exponential growth in both firm and client data, coupled with a much ...
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Changing a Shortcut Key   Display the Symbol dialog box by choosing Symbol from the Insert menu. Click on the Special Characters tab. (See Figure 1.) Click on the one you need to change Figure 1.  The Special Characters tab of the Symbol dialog box.   Click on Shortcut Key Change the shortcut key and click  Assign Remove the other shortcut key.      7. Close the dialog box by clicking on   Cancel
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Determining your ob j ectives when choosing to outsource There is no one-size-fits-all approach to outsourcing Records. Most vendors offer a range of services, making it important for a firm to define what it hopes to achieve prior to sending RFPs. A successful partnership is easier to achieve with clear objectives whether: Re-establishing a records department with new   staff   and even new   technology solutions. Continuing with existing staff (now employed by the vendor)   and policies with future hiring, HR and oversight from the outsourcing vendor. Any point in between. For example, do you want your outsource vendor to draft information ...
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Strategic Skills: Developing Teamwork and Collaboration I don’t know that I have ever thought of teamwork as a skill.  As an athlete, I’ve thought of jump shots and curve balls as skills, but not teamwork.  As a Training & Development Specialist, I have considered my aptitude with such tools as Outlook, Excel, and Adobe Captivate as skills, but I wasn’t thinking of my ability to collaborate with others as a skill, per se.  I mean, I’ll do my work, you do yours, and we’ll call it good, right? Not so fast.   Over the past few years, I have had the pleasure of working on teams with some great people and have learned a thing or two about the ...
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One of the biggest challenges of IT leadership is keeping yourself and your team focused on the future, while handling all of the day to day responsibilities. Keeping the future front of mind leads to better problem solving, planning, and solution development.  The guide attached will help you frame your future roadmap, align your team, and keep everyone engaged and motivated to live into the future. Develop_a_Future_Focus.ppt
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Inaugural MIT Legal Forum on AI & Blockchain Conference Updated November 3, 2017 The Women Leaders panel at the MIT Legal Forum conference generated a lot of interest. Because of that, the following has been set up. LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12072878/profile MIT Media Lab Email List: womenleaders-aib@media.mit.edu GitHub Org: https://github.com/WomenLeaders Static Site: https://womenleaders.github.io/WL-AI-Blockchain On October 30 & 31, 2017, this conference is being held at the MIT Media Lab with the purpose of providing a forum for legal scholars, ...
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Budgeting 101 for First Time Managers Now that you’ve been promoted to your first managerial role, one of your many responsibilities will be to manage your department’s budget and spending.  It is quite possible that this will be your first time you will have to prepare a budget.  We’ve all done budgets in our personal lives but is the budget for your department that much different?  Yes and no.  Let’s examine what it involves. What is a budget? Budget is a financial plan and a list of all planned expenses and revenues. The budget typically consists of four major pieces: Budget for People Budget for Operating Expenses ...
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Here’s a fun way to teach – Every year our office has a Halloween “parade” – we decorate areas of the office, and then ourselves too, and the children of all employees are welcomed to come and trick-or-treat in their costumes. We then have a fun party in the main conference room, with games, food and goodies for all. So – this year – I dressed as …. No – you’ll have to guess it yourself…. Just fyi, some of the kids got it faster than the adults!!!  See below!!! Have fun this year! Maritt
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Several years ago, Microsoft made a splash at ILTACon with their announcement of Matter Center, a document management system built on top of SharePoint.  Microsoft representatives spoke about how this new tool was built to serve the needs of its own internal legal department, and assured the legal technology community that this would become a fully supported product.  What followed was a closed beta program, and a frustratingly quiet period.  Ultimately, Microsoft released the code as open source, effectively making the system available to anyone interested, but at the same time putting the software’s future in question.  Many felt that Matter Center was a ...
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Understanding organizational culture is challenging due to the complexity of human behaviors, motivation, and relationships.  Culture is an assembly of extensive attributes that range across vast aspects of interaction and actions. The normalized behaviors of an organization's culture can incur positive and negative consequences for job performance and work satisfaction.    Understanding the culture of an organization Organizational culture is the accepted behavior of individuals within an institution.  It is the shared common values of individuals and how they accomplish the organization’s goals.   Understanding the culture of an organization ...
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