Spurred on by a recent American Lawyer article, Jean O’Grady at Dewey B Strategic writes an insightful piece asking whether outsourcing firms are Throwing Law Firm Intelligence Out with the Books?

“Let‘s be frank there are law firms which have tolerated law libraries staffed by “book tenders” which are rightly at risk for drastic measures such as 100% outsourcing… and then there are firms who had the foresight to hire professional knowledge strategists who have spent the past decade transforming law libraries into strategic intelligence units that are driving competitive insights and analytics through all legal and business processes. It is one thing to throw out the books and another to throw out the information professionals who act as “force multipliers” in assuring that the firm always knows more and looks smarter than their clients or the competition.”

Read the full article here.

 

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