8 Reasons Why You Should Send Your Hard-Working and Deserving Employees to ILTA 2014

1 Peer Driven Programming

The conference planning committee comprises two co-chairs and nearly 40 experienced and enthusiastic ILTA members who are developing the educational program based on topics and trends identified by their  peers.

2 Quality Educational Sessions

With almost 200 peer-provided educational sessions around four areas of discipline – information management, organization management, applications/desktop and technology operations – there is something for every legal IT professional at ILTA 2014.

3 Value For Your Dollar

The cost for members to attend this four and a half-day event is $1,295 (includes all educational sessions, entrance to the Exhibit Hall, all meals except dinner on Wednesday, and all ILTA-sponsored networking events). The value – priceless! Return with unmatched takeaway knowledge and experience that can be applied to your firm or law department.

4 High-Powered Keynotes

Each morning begins with an impactful, inspirational keynote focusing on the “IMAGINE” conference theme. Our keynote speakers will set the stage for high-energy learning to take place each day.

5 Experienced Speakers

Conference speakers come from ILTA member and vendor ranks. There will be over 350 speakers at ILTA 2014-IMAGINE, attending and sharing experiences and knowledge.

6 Creative Session Formats

Sessions will be presented in a number of formats to meet a wide variety of learning styles. From panel discussions to hands-on training and attendee-driven sessions, there is something for everyone.

7 Multiple Networking Opportunities

Many attendees rate networking as the most important benefit of ILTA conferences. Throughout the week, we offer a number of settings in which to connect and network, and we allow enough time between sessions for you to share and discuss your newfound knowledge.

8 Engaging Exhibitors and Consultants

Explore the Exhibit Hall that will feature 218 key vendors to the legal market, work with specific vendors in assigned demo rooms and take advantage of opportunities to network with these wonderful service providers.

Make sure your deserving employees have a chance to attend.  Register them today!

Spotlight on Keynote: Peter Diamandis

Monday morning’s keynote “The World of Disruptive Technologies and Abundance” will be given by Peter Diamandis.

Peter is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University (SU), the leading institution for the study of exponentially growing technologies. SU was founded with the support of Google, Autodesk, Genetech, Nokia, Cisco and NASA and is located in Silicon Valley. He is also the “New York Times” bestselling author of “ABUNDANCE – The Future Is Better Than You Think,” in which he lays out how we will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet.

On Monday morning, Peter will talk passionately and provides insights on the impact of artificial intelligence, computational Systems, digital manufacturing/3-D printing, synthetic biology/bioinformatics digital medicine and robotics and nanomaterials. He talks about the societal transformation from “local and linear” to “global and exponential,” which is accelerating disruptive stress or disruptive opportunity, depending on your organization’s point of view. These technologies are also leading to the greatest epoch of wealth-creation ever, where new billion-dollar startups are coming out of seemingly nowhere at the same time that 50- and 100-year-old, billion-dollar companies are going out of business. Peter also introduces the idea that exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the “technophilanthropist” and the “rising billion” are conspiring to solve our biggest problems. He examines human need by category — water, food, energy, healthcare, education, communication and freedom — and addresses how a range of powerful technologies such as synthetic biology, embedded networks and cloud computing, AI and robotics, biotechnology and medicine are transforming what was once scarce into something abundant.

Be sure to attend this Monday morning keynote for an imaginative start to your conference experience!

Full Program Available for ILTA 2014: IMAGINE

See the 200+ sessions that cover a range of “hot” topics and common areas of focus.

Plus, don’t miss this opportunity to see an exciting keynote led by Peter Diamandis: “Imagine a World of Abundance.”

Why Should You Attend?
Industry’s best speakers: Learn from and meet some of the most inspiring minds in the industry today.
Unparalleled networking opportunities: The connections you make at this conference will likely benefit you in ways you can’t even envision.
Great location: Join us at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, which is offering special rates for attendees.
Keep your registration options open: Choose a Full Conference pass to attend any session throughout the week (only $1,295 through July 15), purchase a day pass to focus on the sessions that matter most, or send your whole team at a discounted rate.

Need help convincing your boss? We’ve put together a list of the top 8 reasons why they should send you to ILTA 2014.

Have questions? Contact us at ilta2014@iltanet.org and let us know! We can’t wait to see you at ILTA 2014!

 

ILTA’s 2014 Distinguished Peer Awards Accepting Nominations

ILTA’s 5th Annual Distinguished Peer Awards program is open for nominations.  The Peer Award program recognizes ILTA peers who have delivered great business value and transformational impact through their innovations and implementations or have been champions in specific areas of focus for their organizations. Nominations and applications are now being accepted!  Visit http://awards.iltanet.org/ and review the list of 2013 winners and take a look at the various awards and requirements and nominate those who should be recognized for outstanding achievements.

News from the ILTA Globe – Thursday, August 22nd

Annual Meeting of the Corporation
We’ll gather for our annual “state of the organization” presentation and to recognize our volunteer leadership today during a sit-down lunch in the Augustus Ballroom at 12:00 p.m. Specific tables will be identified for members who are interested in networking with other desktop and applications services peers, server operations and security peers, and professional services peers.

 

ILTA’s Geek Colosseum
Yes, we said “GEEK,” and we know you’re gonna love it! ILTA’s closing event is another “catalyst” for fun, providing fine food, great games, casino tables, interactive entertainment and, back by popular demand, our karaoke bar. Even our Wii fanatics and tablet app gurus will be impressed with the variety of fun and networking atmospheres available at the Geek Colosseum. This event takes place in the Forum Ballroom and Foyer at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Box.

 

Free Entry to Pure Nightclub
At 10:30 p.m., Pure nightclub in Caesars Palace will offer complimentary VIP entry for all ILTA guests with a separate VIP line. You will need to show your conference badge or the flyer for free entry. Pick up a flyer at the registration desks, or use the QR code below to save the flyer to your mobile device.

Lost and Found
A few items have been found and returned to the Member Registration desk. Stop by if you lost something this week.

 

Tag Your Bag
Did you drop off a business card at the Member Registration desk so it could be turned into a luggage tag? There are still some completed tags sitting near the registration area. Don’t forget to grab your tag!

 

Last Call for Bingo
Vendor bingo cards should be turned in to the member or vendor registration desk by 10:30 a.m. this morning. The drawing for valuable prizes donated by exhibitors is at 11:30 a.m. in the Exhibit Hall. You must be present to win.

 

Fill Out That Eval!
Please remember to provide your feedback on the sessions you’ve attended. You can do that in the conference mobile app or on paper (extra paper copies can be found at Member Registration). Your input is anonymous and much appreciated.

 

Done with Your Bag and Badge Holder?
Caesars provides conference “leftovers” to local schools through Teacher Exchange. Any bags, badge holders, pens, etc. that you have no need to keep can be deposited in the small wooden school buses you’ll see in a couple of locations in the conference center. We’ll provide additional boxes for the anticipated overflow.

 

We Bid You Farewell
It’s always bittersweet to say goodbye to our ILTA friends. Many thanks to the entire community for making this event a great success. Expect an online attendee evaluation survey next week. Safe travels as you head home.

 

Member Spotlight
Karen LaFleur, Director of Information Technology and Litigation Support at LeClairRyan in Richmond, Virginia, is a speaker at conference. Karen is interested in more volunteer opportunities, and she enjoys talking to her peers who have similar issues, meeting new people and learning about new and future technologies. Today she’s excited about the following sessions:

LegalSEC Update: A Security Trifecta          (10:00 a.m.)
Leveraging Unified Communications for a Competitive Advantage (10:00 a.m.)
Data Privacy and Security Law: An Overview for the IT Professional (1:30 p.m.)

 

Stay Connected
Our Conference Co-Chairs and coordinators, officers and staff all thank you for attending this year’s conference! But the peer-powered connections don’t stop here. We encourage you to stay connected throughout the year via ILTA’s Connected Community, discussion forums (e-groups), local meetings, webinars, etc. Your ILTA membership gives you access to many educational offerings, and our wonderful volunteer leaders work hard to provide insightful, relevant content to you all year round.

 

Get Involved
Want to be a member of our conference planning committee? This wonderful group of people coordinates the valuable educational sessions you’ve experienced throughout the week. If you’d like to be a part of the team or involved with any other volunteer opportunities, visit the Members > Get Involved page on ILTA’s website to fill out an application.

 

Join Us in 2014
We’re headed back to the beautiful Gaylord Opryland resort in Nashville, TN August 25 – 28, 2014. We hope to see y’all there!

News from the ILTA Globe – Wednesday August 21st

An Interactive Keynote
Join Chris DeSantis, an expert in the design and delivery of management and organization development interventions, for “The Crucible Experience as a Catalyst for Leading” in the Augustus Ballroom at 8:30 a.m. Participate in the crucible experience, hear and share stories, and learn specific strategies for communicating effectively, leading teams, achieving results and influencing people. Sponsored by ServiceNow.

Session Move this morning
The Solution Spotlight session on Security Awareness this morning at 8:30 is being moved from Octavius 7 to Neopolitan I-II.

Congratulations to Our Winners
Attendees had a fabulous time at last night’s awards dinner, and our award nominees all deserve a round of applause. Congratulations to our award recipients.

ILTA’s 2013 Distinguished Peer Award Recipients:

• IT Professional of the Year: Gary Berger of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

• KM Professional of the Year: Patrick DiDomenico of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

• Leadership Award: Mark Thorogood of Perkins Coie

• Litigation Support Professionals of the Year: Michael Boggs of Holland & Hart and Stephen Dooley of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

• Technology Advocacy Professional of the Year: Alison Grounds of Troutman Sanders LLP

• Young Professional of the Year: Wale Elegbe of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

• Innovative Consultant of the Year: Olenick & Associates

• Innovative Solution Provider of the Year: Traveling Coaches, Inc.

• Vendor Thought Leader of the Year: Donna Payne

• Innovative Project of the Year: Seyfarth Shaw LLP

• Innovative Law Department of the Year: BMO Financial Group

• Innovative Law Firm of the Year: Seyfarth Shaw LLP

ILTA’s 2013 Publication Awards recipients:

• Outstanding Member-Contributed Magazine Article: Patrick Johansen of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

• Outstanding Vendor-Contributed Magazine Article: Adam Carlson and Matt Wolf of Carlson & Wolf LLC

• Outstanding Member-Contributed White Paper Article: Steve Lastres of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

• Outstanding Vendor-Contributed White Paper Article: Ignatius Grande and Andrew Paredes of Epiq Systems, Inc.

• Most Innovative Editorial Content: Nicole Blake of Lathrop & Gage LLP

• Most Innovative Ad Content: Kroll Ontrack

• Rising Star: Jessica Hutto-Schultz of Greenstein DeLorme & Luchs, P.C.

Our Exhibitors Rock
Many thanks to our exhibitors for their support at ILTA 2013! And a special thanks to those who got into the spirit of our “American Bandstand” theme by decorating their booths and dressing in costume during our Exhibit Hall networking event Monday evening. Congratulations to the winners of our booth decorating contest:

1st Place: Traveling Coaches –– Booth 300/302

2nd Place: BillBLAST –– Booth 545

3rd Place: Advanced Legal Systems, Inc. –– Booth 313A

Tomorrow’s Breakfast
Feel free to sleep in, and join us for breakfast on-the-go in the Exhibit Hall between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. Special drawings will be held every half-hour!

Keep the Evals Comin’!
As always, your feedback on sessions drives the content development for next year. Please complete the session evaluations via the mobile app or on paper. Your input via the mobile app is anonymous.

In addition, the mobile app was missing evals for two sessions:
MISC5: Five Steps To Delivering Dynamic Presentations and
MISC6: How To Develop Quality Requirements for SharePoint Projects. These have now been added. If you attended one of these sessions, please take a moment to provide your input.

We’re getting lots of great feedback, so please keep it coming!

Play Vendor Bingo
Conference attendees are encouraged to visit each booth in the Exhibit Hall to acquaint themselves with our exhibitors and get their bingo card stamped. Bingo cards will be collected and screened on Thursday morning for having at least 40 squares stamped. The drawing for valuable prizes starts at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday in the Exhibit Hall. You must be present to win. Check out the fabulous prizes donated by our vendors on the next page!

Exhibit Hall Hours
The Exhibit Hall will be open today from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and tomorrow from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come on in!

Lost Something?
Any items that are lost and found will be turned in to the Member Registration desk.

 

Member Spotlight
Clark Wilson LLP’s Director of Information Technology, Don Kerr, traveled here from Vancouver, British Columbia. He has attended over 10 ILTA conferences and made long-lasting peer connections that extend well beyond the end of the last educational session. Don appreciates the knowledge everyone shares, noting that members are trying to solve the same problems, and no one can do it all alone. Here are his top picks for today:

• Getting a Handle on Data Storage Growth and Management (11:00 a.m.)
• Implementing and Using Windows Server 2012 in the Legal Environment: A Hands-On Lab (1:30 p.m.)
• HP Autonomy Company Update (3:30 p.m.)

A Note About Wireless Access
We are aware that many are having trouble with the resort’s wireless network. The resort’s engineers have taken several steps to improve the situation, and they continue to make efforts for a better wireless experience.

In addition, please keep the following in mind:

• If you have a hotspot or Mi-Fi device, please turn it off. We understand the need to get on the Internet, but these devices are a significant cause for disruption and poor wireless service for attendees. Mi-Fi devices will overpower the resort’s signal for wireless for those seated nearby you.

• If you have an iPhone, iPad or newer laptop that supports the 5GHz wireless option, you should see a wireless connection called ILTA2013_Faster. While technically not faster, it does use a frequency range that is far less congested and constrained than the ILTA2013 choice that operates at 2.4GHz.

• If your smartphone has good cellular reception and data service, consider using that instead of the resort’s wireless service.

For additional tips, visit the mobile app’s General Info icon and review the information on wireless troubleshooting.

Recycle Your Stuff
Caesars provides conference “leftovers” to local schools. Any bags, badgeholders, pens, etc. that you have no need to keep can be deposited in the small wooden school buses you’ll see in a couple of locations in the conference center. We’ll provide additional boxes for the anticipated overflow.

Caesars Recycles
We’re excited to report that Caesars collects and recycles all guest room amenities (soaps, shampoo, lotion, etc.) and donates them to Clean the World.

An Evening to Yourself
There is no planned event for this evening, so you will need to make your own arrangements for dinner. Enjoy the great restaurants in the resort, and have fun at the many vendor networking events that are planned!

News from the ILTA Globe – Tuesday, August 20th

Kick-Start Your Day with Today’s Keynote
Rohit Talwar, global futurist, strategy advisor and award-winning speaker, will present “Law Firm 2020: Emerging Business and Technology Opportunities” at 8:30 a.m. in the Augustus Ballroom. Rohit will discuss ILTA’s Legal Technology Future Horizons research project and answer questions from Monica Bay, Editor-in-Chief of LTN.

Legal Technology Future Horizons Project
ILTA is undertaking a thought leadership study on the future of technology for legal. We are working with Fast Future Research Limited, a research and consulting firm directed by Rohit Talwar, to challenge current thinking by providing critical insights, case examples and practical takeaways. It will inform the development of future IT strategy and decision-making for ILTA members across the globe. Rohit also will be leading two workshops this week:

  • The Role of Emerging Technologies in Driving Future Legal Strategies and Business Models –– Today at 3:30 p.m.
  • Transforming Business Processes and Practices in Tomorrow’s Law Firms and Law Departments (The Role of Innovative and Disruptive Technologies) –– Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

 You can also provide input by taking the two-part survey:

Come to the Exhibit Hall!
The Exhibit Hall grand opening is at 10:00 a.m. in the Octavius Ballroom. Enjoy a snack break, and get your vendor bingo card stamped!

Play Vendor Bingo
Each member attendee will be given a bingo card at the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall this morning. Bingo cards have a square corresponding to each booth number. To get the card stamped, answer two questions posed by the exhibiting company. Get 40 stamps, and turn your bingo card in to the Vendor Registration Desk by 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning to be entered into the drawing for great vendor-donated prizes. Prizes will be given away Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Exhibit Hall. You must be present to win.

Honoring Sharon Swartworth
We are sorry to report that we are canceling the Sharon Swartworth Leadership Seminar scheduled for today. We were looking forward to celebrating the 10th Swartworth Seminar this year but found we were unable to schedule quality speakers due to the sequester. The support of the General Officers of the Army JAG Corps, both active and retired, has been outstanding over the past nine years and has consistently put this seminar at the top of the session evaluations. Sequester or not, we promise you these sessions will return next year — better than ever!

If you entered the Swartworth Leadership sessions in your personal agenda, please remove them. SWART1 and SWART2 were scheduled for this afternoon from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Distinguished Peer Awards Dinner
Please join us for the fourth annual Distinguished Peer Awards celebration. This is an elegant sit-down dinner with attendees dressed to the nines. The event is located in the Forum Ballroom, and it begins at 6:30 p.m. After dinner, our awards presentation will be emceed by comedienne Don McMillan.

After-Glow Parties
Immediately following the dinner and awards, there will be two After-Glow Party dessert rooms (hosted by ILTA). One room will have a jazz club atmosphere designed for networking. Dreamy chocolate desserts and comfortable seating areas will make this a great place to gather with friends. The other room is high-energy and tropical. You’ll want to bring your dancing shoes and limbo stick to this party! Thank you to sponsors iPRO Tech and Nuix.

Crossing the Fun Run Finish Line
Congratulations to our Fun Run winners! Shawn Gaines with Relativity by kCura was the first male to cross the finish line, and Jo Sherman with EDT was close behind as the fastest female. Jack Hairston with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP clinched first place for the walkers. Tammy Nichols and Teresa Schechter with Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP led the female walkers. We had 90 runners (5k) and 35 walkers (3k) participate. Thank you to our participants and to Intelliteach for sponsoring the Fun Run!

Showing Off Their Golfing Skills
Sunday’s 15th annual ILTA golf tournament, sponsored by Kraft Kennedy, broke a new record with 104 players. Here are some of the highlights from the day:

1st Place Team: Michael Kraft • Marty Metz • Fernando “Monte” Monteleone • Sandy Stratton

2nd Place Team: Elie Francis • Monroe Horn • Jenn Logan •  Kevin Smith

3rd Place Team: Avi Deutsch • BJ Schaknawski • Scott Springer • Jeroen Winkel

Longest Drive (Men): Scott Springer

Longest Drive (Women): Carena Reber

Closest to the Pin:  Joey Perez and Lavar James

Congratulations to the winners!

Member Spotlight
Keith Phillips is the Director of Information Technologies at Bush Ross, P.A. in Tampa, Florida. Keith is a previous ILTA City Rep, and he’s interested in the direction of technology within legal and how it will impact his firm. Keith is thrilled to have so many vendors in one place; he’s sure to spend a ton of time in the Exhibit Hall. His top session picks for today are:

iPhones and iPads and iOS, Oh My! Leveraging Apple Mobility in Your Firm (11:00 a.m.)

Implementing Network Access Controls (1:30 p.m.)

Wireless Solutions and Best Practices for the Untethered Enterprise (3:30 p.m.)

Get the App
Have you wondered where a session room is or who is speaking at a particular session? Download the ILTA 2013 mobile app on your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone to have all the answers just a tap or two away. If you don’t have one of these devices, use a browser to access the mobile Web version at http://m.iltanet.org. Stop by the Ask ILTA desk if you need help or have questions

Demo Educational Rooms
On Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., many of our vendors will be conducting educational sessions in their demo rooms. This is another opportunity for you to get information from our vendors in an environment that is far more personal than a session room. The content has been developed by the presenting vendor and is not part of the general conference educational lineup. Find details on the conference mobile app or on the conference website.

Experience ILTA TV Live!
Live Internet broadcasts from ILTA 2013 will run from noon – 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The show will be filled with exciting, fast-paced interviews with experts from the conference. Message your staff who can’t attend ILTA 2013; it’s a great way to connect!

Today’s focus is on management issues faced by CIOs, KM directors, CFOs and CMOs. Shy Alter will guide and direct questions on diverse topics, such as user experience and the KM practitioner, storytelling in KM, information governance, e-discovery features of Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013, Autonomy and data integrations in mergers and acquisitions.

Find the entire schedule on the mobile app.

Need to Recharge?
If your mobile device’s battery is running out of juice, stop by the laptop lounge near ILTA TV Live! to plug in to the charging station.

Hunt for Prizes
Not only can you participate in Vendor Bingo, the Emerging Technologies Peer Group (ETPG) has developed a scavenger hunt game that you can play to win some cool prizes provided by CDW. Begin by receiving and scanning the ETPG badge applique with a QR scanner. Select a single device to use (for tracking purposes), and enter your email address within the game to be eligible to win prizes. Your email address will NOT be shared; it will be used to send you important information and to announce the prize winners.

Find members of the ETPG to unlock items within the game.
Additional items can be unlocked by attending the emerging technologies sessions. Good luck!

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