As law firms and legal departments expand their technology capabilities, the focus remains on increasing efficiency while creating value.
Industry leaders need to find ways to implement new tools without offsetting the return on investment by burdening system administrators with tedious tasks that affect productivity. Solutions built on a technology platform can make building and configuring new websites more intuitive, efficient, and seamless. Users with different technological abilities can use site configuration to create repeatable, portable solution templates.
Many law firms and legal departments still use custom systems for their intranets that store files on local servers and offer little to no collaboration functionality. Essentially a series of static sites that store information but do not offer dynamic functionality and are certainly not designed for fast replication.
Legal technology is increasingly providing the legal industry with the ability to share information quickly, track financial and material progress in real time, and create meaningful data visualization to stay transparent. File sharing must be combined with the ability to help colleagues and customers communicate better.
Technology platforms that can be branded to create flexible and customizable solutions can now be a differentiator.
The solution template feature saves administrators time and effort and reduces time to value for websites and projects. By sharing templates across instances of the platform, users can quickly and efficiently deploy consistent business websites. Building and submitting websites that are regularly needed provides a quick, self-service solution for your company’s business users.
In simpler terms, solution templating can be the final piece of the puzzle, making it much easier for users to scale the advanced solutions they create and take advantage of them to drive transaction efficiency and process transformation.
A solution that can be turned into a portable site template can be shared, edited, and used to make new sites faster and easier. With the right system, templates can even be exported or imported to ensure consistency by automating and standardizing the otherwise repetitive manual process for site administrators.
Templating solutions can relieve the administrators or other architects of technology solutions from having to be constantly involved. Instead, multiple users can efficiently set up sites that replicate the desired configurations for structuring and displaying a wide variety of technology tools. This contains:
- Legal data
- Configuration of document automation
- Folder structure
- Homepages and site navigation
- New edition of data visualization and navigation links
- Site and module configuration
- User groups and authorizations.
In an effort to encourage the adoption of technology solutions by legal executives, the ability to develop and own technology that can create reusable value for customers should encourage buy-in from decision makers. In addition, a formal training program can improve the functionality of solution templates and allow multiple users to help realize the benefits.
Companies that want to focus on innovation and transparency can further develop their legal work and adapt it to the capabilities of the system. Including templates for solutions can add significant value as customers increasingly expect legal services to incorporate increasingly complex technology to meet their needs.