Join the G100 CIO Advisory Board as they provide a recap of the G100 CIO event held on Monday, August 25 in conjunction with ILTA ’08. The focus is “Web 2.0 – What It Means to Law Firms,” including a summary of what Rajen Sheth, Senior Product Manager for Google Apps shared with the group around the phenomenon of Web 2.0 in general.
- Peter Lesser – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher + Flom, LLP
- David Rigali – Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP
- Karen Levy – Debevoise + Plimpton LLP
- Peter Attwood – Simmons + Simmons
- Jeff Brandt – Crowell and Moring
G100 is a forum for the CIOs from the 100 biggest law firms in the world. This year, the topic was Web 2.0. Some of the things they heard were speakers from an Australian law firm, Microsoft and Google.
The panel started off with a definition of Web 2.0, then moved on to Enterprise 2.0. They wonder if there will really be an impact on corporate information systems.
One panelist noted that it changes their way of looking at information and whether it needs to be as structured as it currently is structured inside their firms.
They were surprised to find out that more of the content being added is coming form partners and not junior associates. (We have the same experience. We are getting much more contribution from partners than associates.)
Two big factors they noticed. One is that the content gets in very quickly. Second, you need very little IT control or input after the initial set up.
It is very cheap to fail with these tools. There is very little incremental cost for each additional wiki page.
The panel although impressed with web 2.0 are not sold on them. Most of panel was not ready to start adoption of wikis.
They had the same view on blogs. One panelist stated that they have a ban on external blogs. But just the same, they had one internal blog that is highly viewed.
The panel moved on to Google apps. They were very impressed with a presentation from Google on Google apps. They were very impressed with cloud computing and the ability to quickly push out updates to the programs. (I hate to rain on their parade, and Google does not use the term, but Google Docs is a wiki system.) They are intrigued with moving from an integrated desktop to a virtual desktop.
My view. I think the CIOs need to get out more often. They are missing the change that is coming.