Practical IT Portfolio Management

I’ve been interested in the idea of portfolio management since at least as far back as my earlier days as an estate planning lawyer when I helped draft the Missouri Prudent Investor Act, which is based on ideas of portfolio management.
I checked and noticed that I first wrote about applying portfolio management techniques to legal technology in 1998 and spoke on the topic at the ABA TechShow in 2002.
So, it’s been one of my favorite topics. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve noticed a good number of mentions of IT portfolio management lately. CIO Magazine’s Portfolio Management: How to Do It Right is one example and a very nice primer on this important topic, with good examples and practical tips.
Since most law firms seem to take nothing more than a seat-of-the-pants approach to technology planning, portfolio management should be an attractive planning approach for those firms, but, more importantly, a great way for innovative law firms to extend their technology and business lead over the rest of the pack.

Intel: Beyond Centrino

I’ve been using my new Sony Vaio laptop with the Intel Centrino chip and loving it. This ZDNet story suggests that Centrino may be just the tip of the iceberg in Intel’s wireless efforts.

The Virtual Chase: RSS News Feeds for Law

For many years, The Virtual Chase has been one of the premier legal research web sites. One key part of its value is well-chosen, well-annotated links – quite a rarity these days. Genie Tyburski’s daily newsletter about updates to the site is also a great resource.
It should be no surprise that The Virtual Chase’s new RSS News Feeds for Law follows in the great tradition of the site, making it immediately a premier resource on law blogs, or blawgs. Each directory listing includes a link and a helpful annotation about the blog, including a description of what is typically contained in the feed.


I’ve long been a fan of the Whole Earth Catalog, the CoEvolution Quarterly and the Whole Earth Review, especially during the Kevin Kelly period. I like the idea that there are some really great tools out there and that it is important to have a way to find them in one place.
I was delighted to learn that Kevin Kelly is capturing the idea of “cool tools” again in a section of his web site known as Recomendo, with a feed.