22 Aug

What Does Microsoft’s Matter Center for Office 365 Really Mean for Legal?

At the 2014 International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) conference, Microsoft made what could be a major splash for the legal vertical.  Adding to their push for Office 365, Microsoft announced Matter Center. Although it is being marketed as "for Office 365", Microsoft says it could also work in either hybrid or on-premises SharePoint environments.  That said, the fact that the focus is on Office 365 tells you all you really need to know:  This is it.  This is the tipping point that Microsoft is betting on.  The tipping point to...

11 Aug

Which Meetings Are Worth Having?

A common misconception about project managers is that they just schedule meetings and produce lots of paperwork—meeting minutes, status reports, change requests, etc.  What good project managers really do is facilitate communication of the correct information to the correct people.  Good project managers work with their teams to determine the right meetings to schedule and the right people to include. They also work with their teams to make sure that paperwork and documentation are pertinent and help keep the project running effectively...

07 Aug

Kraft Kennedy ILTA Breakout Educational Sessions

Kraft Kennedy is pleased to be presenting the following one hour mini-sessions  at the ILTA Annual Educational Conference in Nashville from August 17 -21, 2014 in the Ryman Ballroom C, Gaylord Opryland Convention Center.  Come learn more and speak to our team! Register  now  for 1 or all 9  sessions, each session is delivered by a Kraft Kennedy expert!     All sessions are one hour.  Register Below Tuesday, August 19th  @ 9:00am Making IT Strategic: Offloading Thankless Work, Creating Capacity and Adding...

21 Jul

Learn How to Develop and Implement an Information Security Program

Kraft Kennedy will discuss and review the essential steps that law firms need to take when planning and deploying an information security program. You’ll learn the key areas to focus on, such as training, best practices and response plans while addressing compliance (HIPPA/HITECH) and regulatory concerns (the SEC OCIE Cyber Security Initiative). Register today to learn more!  Date: Friday, August 8, 2014 Time: 12:00-1:00pm EDT Location:...

17 Jul

It Is Time for Your Law Firm to Implement Legal Project Management into Its Business Practice

Legal project management is not a new phenomenon – so why haven’t more firms considered using proven project management principles in managing their processes?Since the beginning of 2014, my colleagues and I have partnered with the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) through a series of roadshows to lead discussions on how law firms can improve these processes and manage their clients' expectations by implementing project management principles in their case and matter management processes. A survey conducted by Altman...

15 Jul

Testing SCCM Commands

Historically, whenever I've needed to test a new command added to an SCCM Task Sequence (TS), I would deploy the whole TS. Sure, I could disable most of it to speed up the test , but this would still took a long time. Especially if I had to test, tweak something, and then test again. Along came my colleague @ToddParkin and showed me a way around this, by which I could not only test my SCCM command, but  test it as the SYSTEM account. Both are vitally important to make sure you have the syntax of the command correct and to make sure it...

08 Jul

Application Packaging: The Golden Rule

Kraft Kennedy has developed a deep knowledge of application packaging over the course of numerous desktop projects, ranging all the way back from Windows 2000 to the current Windows 8.1. Unfortunately, “difficult” application installers are still commonplace in the legal market and application packaging is still as challenging as ever. In this blog I share some of the best practices we use while developing our Application Vault, a repository of legal and non-legal applications used by our clients. Golden Rule One of the most highly...

02 Jul

What’s New With Internet Explorer Policy Management

The old tried and true methods of configuring Internet Explorer have changed and no longer apply. If you are one of the individuals banging your head against the wall, wondering why settings via Group Policy Object (GPO) using IE Maintenance (IEM) are not applying or are missing altogether, well, you’re not alone. Things have changed since the days when, as you may recall, one would configure Internet Explorer using the IE Maintenance feature in Group Policy and forget about it. In Windows 8, the IEM settings have been deprecated in favor...

26 Jun

One Simple Way to Keep Your iManage Databases Trim

Recently I was assisting a firm with some iManage database upgrades from 8.5 to the latest 9.x schema. If you haven't done this yet, you should know that it is a fairly intensive process since the database gets converted to support Unicode.  In the firm's testing, they saw ballooning transaction log files well beyond what I have seen before. Some log files were nearly ten times the size of the actual database itself.  Taking a deeper look at their systems, we found that more than 80% of the actual data in their databases was held by the...

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