Category «Competitive Intelligence»

How Data Analytics Can Change the Way Law Firms Do Business

Lisa M. (Bradford) Mayo, Director of Data and Analytics at Ballard Spahr LLP identifies how and why data and analytics are on the forefront of much of the firm’s modern technology offerings. Unlike many firms, Ballard’s data and analytics function sits inside their Client Value and Innovation department, where they have some latitude with a research and development budget and the directive to “fail fast” if they determine a proof-of-concept did not meet our needs. The firm’s data management mission statement says in part that we “contribute to the firm’s strategic goals by using innovative technologies, a variety of flexible and adaptive data sources, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and ongoing data literacy education to help redefine the Firm’s internal performance objectives and accountability drivers and transform how the Firm delivers legal services to its clients.” Just 48 words but loaded with meaning and purpose, both for now and in the foreseeable future.

Subjects: AI, Big Data, Case Management, Competitive Intelligence, Ethics, Information Architecture, Information Mapping, KM, Leadership, Legal Marketing, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 24, 2021

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Investigating Cybercrime and the Dark Web; Warranty Repairs and Non-Removable Storage Risks; Can Facebook’s Smart Glasses Be Smart about Security and Privacy?; and Study – How Facebook News Feed Works.

Subjects: Business Research, Competitive Intelligence, Court Resources, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Healthcare, Legal Research, Privacy, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, September 25, 2021

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Landlords Use Secret Algorithms to Screen Potential Tenants. Find Out What They’ve Said About You; Even the NSA Agrees: Targeted Ads Are Terrifying; Massive Troll Farms Revealed to Be Operating on Facebook; and Ninth Circuit Says Warrantless Search of Google Files Automatically Reported to Police.

Subjects: AI, Competitive Intelligence, Congress, Criminal Law, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Economy, Financial System, Privacy, Search Engines, Social Media

Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources 2021

Marcus Zillman’s new guide provides a wealth of information to enhance your efforts in conducting expert research on a wide range of subject matters. The guide is also another reminder that Google should not be your go-to subject search engine by demonstrating how choosing to use reliable topic specific sources can deliver greater scope, breath and depth of information for your analysis and reporting. These sites include metasearch, semantic and Deep Web search, with many sources offering advanced search functionality, unique and comprehensive data sets and repositories, dashboards and tools from around the world, all of which are updated and curated effectively and consistently. These sources represent the work of academic, government, consortium, firms and industry.

Subjects: Competitive Intelligence, Education, KM, Legal Research, Search Engines, Search Strategies

Review: Own the Map, by Conrad Samm

Jerry Lawson highly recommends Conrad Saam’s intriguing new book, Own the Map, which encourages lawyers to think about marketing in new and better ways. The author’s primary thesis is that most lawyers should concentrate appealing to potential clients near the lawyer’s location. Saam develops this thesis convincingly, but many will find his sometimes stunningly useful ideas about other aspects of lawyer marketing, like evaluating marketing efforts, even more valuable.

Subjects: Communications, Competitive Intelligence, KM, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing, Search Engines, Social Media

The Cord-Cutter’s Guide to Legal Research

In his review Jerry Lawson recommends Internet Legal Research on a Budget: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Lawyers, 2nd Edition as the single best resource he knows for lawyers interested in exploring how to cut legal research expenses by trying and using free or inexpensive legal information.

Subjects: Competitive Intelligence, Internet Resources, Internet Resources - Web Links, KM, Legal Research, Legal Technology, Search Strategies

Why Informal Information Sharing is Holding Your Organization Back

This article by Mary Ellen Bates is an excerpt from her recent presentation “The Strategic Value of Copyright Licensing Solutions,” to which she also provides a video link. Bates discusses ways published information is being used throughout organizations that you may not have considered, and the impact on copyright compliance.

Subjects: Communications, Competitive Intelligence, Copyright, Information Management, KM, Libraries & Librarians, Technology Trends, Training

New Normal Start Up Resources 2021

As we collectively work toward establishing a post-coronavirus future, there is a need to go beyond identifying operational goals, objectives, products and services tied to work in physical locations. For both existing organizations and startups, effectively pivoting to a future that includes routine remote work and online collaboration that drives all facets of management, development, marketing, and communications. This guide by Marcus P. Zillman identifies a wide range of actionable resources that can help empower new companies and established public and private sector organizations as they navigate challenges and leverage new opportunities.

Subjects: Business Research, Communications, Competitive Intelligence, Information Management, KM, Social Media