Technologist had a recent article discussing 5 tech items lawyers aren’t going to need in 2014.
It’s not a bad list. Landline phones (at least non-VOIP landline phones) and fax machines are definitely technological relics – in that you can do the same things (and much more) with internet phones and internet faxes, which give you the ability to receive calls or faxes from anywhere and are often more economical to boot.
When it comes to desktop PCs though, we still have our doubts. Lawyers do a lot of word processing and desktops are still the best tool for that – at least for a few more years.
Same with physical storage media – sure, we’re big on the cloud, after all, we’re in the cloud, but lawyers, being a conservative bunch, should have multiple back-ups. Physical media is still good for that – although don’t use flash drives for long-term storage considering they have an annoying habit to just stop working without warning.
Smart technology use isn’t about the technology as an end-all-be-all, at least it shouldn’t. It’s about making your life and practice easier and more flexible. At least it should be.