Electronic Discovery Research Report from EDDix Released

My pal Michael Clark at EDDix, LLC sends me news of the release of their new research report called Electronic Discovery in Litigation: EDD Supplier Landscape. He describes it as “118 pages of solid, primary research and analysis.” Michael has tempted me with a free copy for mentioning the report on my blog, so don’t tell him that I would have mentioned it anyway. Details on purchasing the report are at http://www.eddixllc.com/sa_supplier_landscape.asp.
I’ve got to get into this electronic discovery book business. Both Michael’s report and my electronic discovery column co-author, George Socha, have published reports on electronic discovery this year that are priced a little bit higher than my $45 500-page eBooks. Maybe I should have consulted with them before pricing mine. I know who will be picking up the lunch check when I see both of them next.
Seriously, though, there is a crying need for good, solid information about what is happening in elecronic discovery. The market for and the impact of electronic discovery over the next few years will be ENORMOUS. Like the Socha Report, the EDDix report represents a major effort to bring some solid numbers and information into what has been a world of guesstimation. Great work!
George and I’s new electronic discovery column should be appearing very soon at DiscoveryResources.org. It’s called “Eight Simple Steps for Doing Effective E-Discovery.” And, don’t forget about the great virtual roundtable of 18 experts on electronic discovery that appeared in Law Practice Today this summer, an article I edited that generated me lots of compliments, all of which are the result of the great work of the contributors.

The Dennis Kennedy 500 – Blog Posts, That Is

A little milestone.
I noticed that I passed the blog post number 500 milestone. That’s chump change for Howard Bashman, but it’s nice for me. It reflects well on meeting my original target of 3 to 5 solid posts per week.
Speaking of 500, last summer, I got the chance to take a special tour of the Indianapolis Speedway, riding around the track and seeing places most people don’t get to see. As I tell people, if you grew up in Indiana, as I did, or you are a racing fan, it doesn’t matter whether you are in a little tour bus, a race car, a bike or walking, when you first round turn four and see that big straightaway open up in front of you, you will definitely get goose bumps.
We also got the chance to get out of the bus at the start/finish line and have a picture taken kissing the original bricks at the starting line. Again, an amazing thing when, like me, you grew up with the Indianapolis 500 being such a big event.
So, now I’m at another 500 milestone. It’s cool, but the track tour was way cooler.
Remember, it’s still DennisKennedy.Blog Reader Appreciation Week. Return the survey and win a prize.

Interesting Speculations on CLE, Blawgs and Blawg Channel by Stephen Nipper

In the who was carbon copied on that memo department:
Stephen Nipper, in a fascinating post, raises some thought-provoking questions about the role blawgs, such as The Blawg Channel, which he specifically mentions, might grow to play in the world of continuing legal education and meeting minimum CLE credit requirements. A must-read.
It does make me wonder whether Stephen might have touched on some things that might already be in the works. Not that I’m saying that I mean anything by making that comment, of course.

Oh My! Omea!

It’s pretty rare that I get excited about a software program when I first try it out, but the Omea Reader from Jet Brains definitely got my attention.
It uses a “dashboard” style of interface to handle bookmarks, feeds, newsgroups and contacts in one handy place and then lets you easily annotate, flag, link and organize all of this items through categories, views, rules and the like. It’s quite impressive and provides much of the functionality I’ve wanted to see in a personal knowledge management tool.
Here’s the description from Jet Brains:
“Omea is an extremely powerful yet simple to use Integrated Information Environment. With Omea, you can access, organize, and quickly search all your digital resources, including e-mails, syndicated Web feeds, instant messaging conversations, newsgroup articles, favorite web sites, personal contacts, and even locally stored files (.doc, .pdf, .txt, etc.), all in one easy to use composite interface that’s well organized and efficient to navigate.”
The Omea Reader is free since it is in its Public Beta phase (I crashed it a couple of times with some aggressive use, but I remained undeterred).
Thanks to Shimon Rura who lead me to Omea Reader.
I’ll give my usual caveat that your experience with any tool in the “personal KM” category will depend on your preferences and requirements. Omea, after just a few days, appears to hit a number of my biggest needs and has a tool set that fits me well. I’d like to see more than one color of flag, but I suspect that its rules and views will accomplish more than simple flagging can.
You might want to check this one out before fawning all over the Google Desktop, which struck me as being vastly overrated. I’ve liked the lightning fast LookOut for desktop search for quite a while. Google’s security and privacy track record still makes me wary of jumping into any Google release early on.

Announcing DennisKennedy.Blog Reader Appreciation Week

As you probably already know, I’ve recently redesigned my website and blog. I am so pleased with the work Spry Legal Design has done to make the redesign a reality (thank you Corri and Lance).
There’s still some work I need to do on the site, but I wanted to give the redesigned site an “official” launch. The official launch date will be November 1, which will also be the official launch date of my two eBooks and at least one eBooklet. I’ll be doing a number of things on November 1 to make the launch official, so be sure to watch for the November 1 launch “event.”
As you may (and should) also know, this blog is very important to me. That’s another way of saying that the readers of this blog are very important to me. I read all the commentary that you do about the business and marketing aspects of blogs, but the true benefit of blogging is the friendships and relationships that grow out of your blogging efforts. It’s no more complicated than that. Well, there’s also the two turntables and a microphone thing.
As a pre-launch treat, I wanted to offer a thank you to my readers in a tangible way. I also wanted to give my readers a chance to give me some feedback. I also decided to have a little fun at my own expense and hope that longtime readers of my articles will get a chuckle out of the following title:
Five Ways DennisKennedy.Blog Will Show Its Appreciation For Its Readers Through November 1
1. Free eBooklet. Email me with your response to the survey below and I will email you for free the PDF file for my new eBooklet called “Preparing Your Law Firm for the Internet Era: 150 Steps Toward a 21st Century Practice of Law.”
2. Free NoteMap License. Follow the instructions here and Danielle Carwell at CaseSoft will give you the serial number and other info you need to obtain a free license to the great outlining tool, NoteMap. (If you are a litigator, check out CaseMap 5, an essential tool for litigators).
3. 33% Discount on eBook Bundle. My eBooks, “Dennis Kennedy’s Legal Technology Primer: Best Technology Practices for Lawyers and Law Firms” and “Unlocking the Secrets of Legal Technology and Technology Law: Finding Your Way in the First Internet Era” are priced at US$45 each, or US$75 for both. If you note on your order form that you are a reader of my blog and send me the order form and your check on before November 1, your price for both will be US$50. You will also get the eBooklet for free if you send me your response to the survey below.
4. 10% Discount on Services. If you become a new client of mine before the end of 2004, simply mention that you are a reader of my blog and you will receive a 10% discount on my project fee or hourly fee.
5. 10% Discount on Seminars. If you retain me to provide one of my seminars before the end of 2004, simply mention that you are a reader of my blog and you’ll receive a 10% discount on my package fee (note that a 50% down payment is required to reserve a seminar date).
Instructions for Responding to the Survey.
Copy the survey questions below. Answer the questions. Either (1) paste your answers to the questions into an email message to me, or (2) mail me your answers along with your order form and check if you are ordering the eBook bundle.
DennisKennedy.Blog Reader Appreciation 2004 Survey
1. What do you like best about the website and blog redesign?
2. What improvement(s) would you like to see made to the website and blog?
3. Do you subscribe to the RSS feed for my blog?
4. What topics would you like to see me give more coverage to my blog?
5. What topics that I do not now cover would you like me to cover in my blog?
6. I am considering either category feeds or separate blogs for a number of topics. Do you have a preference for either method, or would you prefer to see my blog continue to collect whatever I want to write about all in one place and in one feed?
7. One of the reasons for the redesign was that people found it difficult to determine what I did or what services I provided. Do you believe that you have a good picture of the services I provide? What might I do to make the picture clearer?
8. I highly value the expertise, experience and suggestions of my readers. In terms of the services and products I’m offering and my business approach in general, what would you do differently if you were me?
9. If you were asked to describe DennisKennedy.Blog in one or two sentences, what would those sentences be?
10. As you may know, CaseSoft and Fios currently are sponsors of my blog. Consistent with current blogging practices, I have not yet placed ads or sponsor logos in my RSS feeds. Would you have an objection to the placement of tasteful, non-intrusive sponsor logos / taglines at the bottom of full-text posts made available through my RSS feed?
Thank you for your responses and thank you for being a reader of DennisKennedy.Blog.
- Dennis