Yesterday, I tweeted…
I had a few replies, and a few private messages.
What have you done now Bal?… Have you upset someone again?.. You get the picture, the usual ‘banter’ among friends.
So, what was I really doing in a room with some lawyers. Well, the lawyers were from the Legal Team. Whilst, as you may appreciate I can’t go into detail about what we spoke about and discussed – yep, I learnt a thing or two from them… what I can share is a common theme that was being discussed.
I was in the room, not only for my good looks, but for my knowledge and experience in technology.
We talk about many industries and departments becoming more and more ‘digitized’. With that, I mean, more automation, simpler processes through using the latest technology and more importantly.. taking advantage of some of the latest technology that is available to make the department more efficient and effective.
We can clearly, and physically, see it in manufacturing. Robots at the end of a manufacturing line, stacking boxes onto pallets whereas a number of years ago, you had people doing the same job.
Why were these robots introduced? Well, they may have been expensive but they were quicker… easier… and more efficient. The ROI would have been realised within a short period of time.
More and more automation has been introduced into manufacturing.
Along with the robots, and with further advancements in technology, we’ve become smart… we now have wearable technology (i.e. Smart Glasses) to help with tasks…
All this is great. And there’s more coming in the world of manufacturing. But what about other departments and areas?
Marketing… that’s an interesting one. It’s more likely to be called ‘Digital Marketing’ these days.
So, back to, why was I in a room with lawyers from our legal team.. well, it was to discuss, what is some of the latest technology, that we could use, to make some of the processes in Legal more effective and efficient.
You might be thinking, Legal AND Technology? – really? – Yep… it’s happening in all areas. All functions. All departments. Change is coming…
And just to prove the point, here’s a video, from Berlin, of a hackathon focused on Legal, my favourite line from the video is “the marriage of law and technology is interesting”.
It sure is… it’s very interesting.