While many can identify significant historical dates, there are two dates, relative to technology, that have changed our lives. The first is June 29, 2007 and the second is July 10, 2008. What makes these dates noteworthy? On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at the Macworld Convention and on June 29 the first iPhone was released. A little over a year later the App Store opened on July 10, 2008, with 500 initial applications available. As of March 2017, the Apple App Store featured over 2.2 million apps for iPhones and Android users were able to choose from 2.8 million apps.
The birth of the smart technology had begun and IoT, or the Internet of Things, had just taken a giant step forward. IoT is a business and technology principle that continues to grow at an astounding rate. In essence, IoT refers to the rapidly growing network of connected objects that are able to collect and exchange data using embedded sensors. From smart thermostats to smart security systems, just about everything is connected in the world of technology and not surprisingly, it can be controlled by your smartphone. Some analysts predict that IoT will go from a $157 billion business in 2016 to $662 billion by 2021.
JuraLaw created the JuraLawyer mobile app in anticipation of IoT legal docketing demand for on-the-go attorneys through their smartphones. The JuraLawyer app provides attorneys a clean view of their court dates and deadlines without all the additional clutter of personal appointments in their Outlook calendars. It also encourages an interactive and collaborative team approach when attorneys send court, deadline and event information through the provider to their docket professionals at the law firm.
From cloud computing to web-based application to mobile apps, where will technology take law firms next? Currently, the discussion of artificial intelligence and its application in the business of law has the industry realizing a multitude of benefits. Today, predictive coding is reducing the time investment linked to e-discovery as programs are now in search of concepts versus keywords. The ability to mine and sort broad data analytics to predict future outcomes is a debate that’s gaining followers.
Whatever direction technology takes in the industry, JuraLaw will continue to be at the forefront of developing the most progressive legal calendar management tools. As a cloud-based and completely web-based legal calendaring application with a mobile app, JuraLaw is ready as law firms more firmly embrace the innate changes that technology motivates and will continue to work to create the products and services that enhance law firm productivity as well as mitigate risk now and into the future.