In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Tom Mighell interviews Dennis Kennedy about LegalTech New York 2015, covering highlights from the show and what this year’s event might tell us about future trends in legal technology. As always, e-discovery was a big topic, with an estimated 54% of the vendors falling within the e-discovery category. Kennedy speculates that information governance will be a focus for 2015 as the legal community shifts toward records management, predictive coding, and TAR (Technology Assisted Review). This year boasted fewer new product announcements but many upgrades and new generations. Some interesting collaboration and matter management tools were announced, and Kennedy shares the coolest new thing he saw: an analytics tool that takes a dashboard approach with a user interface reminiscent of an app.
In the second part of the podcast, Kennedy and Mighell discuss the current state of smartwatches, anticipation of the new Apple Watch (due out in a few months), and the benefits of wearable technology as an organizational tool, activity tracker, and a more socially aware way of monitoring phone activity. While Mighell says he won’t be converting to the Apple Watch from his Android Moto 360 any time soon, he is curious to see what level of success the gold Apple Watch will have.
As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots: that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends.