We have embarked on the information age in that massive amounts of information is available at our disposal. This information age has come on the heels of the technology explosion. What used to be unheard of doing on-line has now become common place. I remember the closest thing to on-line banking being driving up to a banking window and placing checks in a little tube before sending it to the teller through air pressured pipelines. Now there's even mobile banking where checks can be deposited via a smartphone, and who knew that the day would come when you could order dinner or even grocery shop on-line.
Today it is imperative to leverage technology to increase efficiency. With the proper usage of technology productivity and efficiency skyrocket. What used to take hours and days to complete can be done in a fraction of that time. Handling the accounting for a small business is time consuming and mundane. Keeping up with the tax and accounting functions of running a small business can take the back seat to more pressing issues. For lawyers keeping up with accounting can be even more of a challenge due to the nature of working on pressing, time demanding, high stakes matters that other professionals may not be faced with. Lawyers also have to be cautious of properly managing trust and operating accounts which add more time and tediousness to working on the accounting.
Running a small business is not a cake walk. Taking the time to work on it for several hours a week to stay on top of it can be almost impossible and for a busy lawyer it can be impractical. Busy lawyers can take advantage of timesaving tools like QuickBooks mobile receipt capture feature to keep track of expenses on the go and GoPayment to get paid on the go to help simplify law firm accounting.
Written by Lakisha Lynette Bealer, MBA
You may not be the bible toting religious type but a Pew Research study indicates that on Easter and Christmas Google searches for churches skyrocket. Yes Google has a tracking mechanism for your church search too. Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples whatever you may be searching for on Easter and Christmas the information is available. Whether you go to church on Saturday or Sunday the holy grail of search engines has the power of technology to find exactly what you're looking for. Information overload is something that used to have a negative connotation to it. Just saying the words conjures up images of the IT geek sipping lattes with lightning bolts darting from his brain frantically clicking away on his MacBook.
However you choose to see it information has become a goldmine. With it you can determine what pair of shoes will fit the top you're planning to wear to your hot date. Try it. Go to Google type in cashmere tops with shoes and see what comes up for you. Keep looking, looking, and there we go. Cashmere shoes. I didn't say you would get it on the first try, but you can see the amount of information that comes up with just those few search terms.
Information, information, and more information. Look for it and you will find it. Information abounds. It's nowhere but it's everywhere. Some useful and some useless. Whatever you're searching for, whether it's in the dark web or beyond it can be found in the world of informatics.
Happenstance is when two things occur at once that seem to be coincidental, but no one ever realizes why they occur. Why should they? The fact of the matter is that when using technology for accomplishing your work it is possible to be at two places at once. Who would question why something is allowing them to accomplish something expeditiously? It makes sense to use technology to accomplish more with less. So why is it that people are so uncomfortable with artificial intelligence? Is it that it makes people feel less secure knowing that their world is being over run with ET or paranormal like systems. Smart houses, a car that you can turn on while you are no where near it seems cool, but technology that allows marketers to know when, where, and what you're buying is a lot less cool. Creepy at best for some.
Whether you're a fan of artificial intelligence or have decided to take on a new role as captain of the privacy police you're not alone. Whether you're on the privacy bandwagon or the whatever makes my life easier bandwagon you're not alone. There is a fine line between having the latest tools and technology to get something done quicker and agreeing to having your privacy slowly chipped away. As the old saying goes "Everything comes at a price". Sometimes it is not until after the price has been paid does one question whether the cost was worth it.
Serendipity, synchronization, coincidence, chance these are all words you become all too familiar with in the world of artificial intelligence. It's clear that technology is here to stay and that with it privacy concerns will continue to be debated. The issue is what the future holds in store for legal professionals as technology continues to dominate. Legal Zoom, Rocket Lawyer, Westlaw Edge, Rocket Matter, Clio, My Case, Iphone 10 gizillion all provide quicker and more efficient access and usage of data. Technology isn't all good, but even at its worst it would be difficult to come close to the capabilities that are enhanced with its usage.