My Converation with MySmartChannels

One of the things I love to do most is to learn about cool new technologies. Today was a great day for that.
I had a long phone conversation with Peter Cid\terella and Bill French at MyST Technology Partners about what they are doing with their MySmartChannels and MyST Web Services Platform. There are times when I feel that I’m one of about a half dozen lawyers/legal tech consultants who keep thinking about web services.
I’m always on the lookout for ways new technologies, such as web services, can be applied to the practice of law, and we spent a fair amount of time talking about that today, giving me some good ideas in that area. We also talked at length about the “is document management broken?” issue and where we are these days in knowledge management, including the promise that blogs hold in KM.
However, I was fascinated by their approach to web services, channels, feeds and aggregation. In fact, I stepped out of my quasi-journalist mode and began to care somewhat less about what could be done in connection with the practice of law and more in ways that I, along with others who “get” this, might do some very cool things. It makes quite a few things that I’ve been thinking about seem far more possible than I had imagined. It also suggested a number of possibilities for some of my legal and consulting clients that I want to share with them.
Take a look. If you see some of the same things that I see, let’s talk. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to a continuing conversation with Bill and Peter about what they are doing and ways to use it. I don’t often get too “evangelistic” about a specific technology (other than CaseMap), but, depending on what I learn, the MyST technologies may push me in that direction.
More about things MyST-related:
EcontentMagazine article on web services
Into the MyST blog RSS feed
Think Outside the Feed blog RSS feed
SmartStream Alliance
Bill French on “disruptive technologies”