We recently exhibited at the Alternative Legal IT conference at the Oxford Belfry Hotel and now the dust has settled, I can reflect dispassionately on another well-organised, well-attended event.
This is a conference totally focused on how IT can support and influence the strategic development of mid-market law firms, which is an important market for us at Quiss Technology.
As a sponsor of the event, it’s not all about generating new leads for our business, but a good way to understand the challenges faced by law firms and their IT teams, particularly when it comes to new technology.
We rely on events like this to help get our message out to the people that matter and ensure our work with law firms is recognised. It’s an opportunity to connect with key figures from across the legal sector and explain how they will benefit from the services we provide, from managed IT support and converged telephony to Cloud computing and SharePoint services.
The event mixes presentations by some of the sectors leading lights, with round tables and plenaries. A large number of issues were discussed at length, but some were particularly relevant to our business, including:
- how legal IT directors can convert their firms to mobile and flexible working
- in-depth analysis of the current cyber security threat
- how IT Directors can prove the value of IT to the firm
- best practice IT procurement, cyber security and outsourcing for law firms
I work closely with a large number of law firms and these topics are relevant on a daily basis and prove a common challenge for firms of all sizes.
From the conversations I had during the event, the majority of the 90 delegates were keen to understand what issues they must be wary of in the future and some of the new technology available to change their businesses.
Having service providers like us there to explain the level of support available to help them improve productivity and efficiency, whilst building a more robust and resilient IT infrastructure, can only be a bonus.
Exhibitions also offer great feedback from clients, allowing us to constantly refine the services we offer. It was a good opportunity to explain how Quiss Technology offers much more to law firms than a simple outsourced IT solution.
Hosted services, from desktops to phones proved popular topics, with interest in our work for existing legal clients, like Roythornes, Freeths, Ashton KCJ, Shakespeare Martineau etc., helping us start conversations with law firms looking for similar success.
The signs from 2015’s show were positive and the future looks bright, so I will look forward to seeing you there next year. But before then, if you want to discuss how we can shape technology to help you achieve more, please get in touch.
Nick Hayne, Professional Services Manager, Quiss Technology