Allow me to introduce you to my friend, Sheba. She is a young attorney who has achieved an amazing feat; a phenomenon I have heard described as "work-life balance." How does an attorney – a young one at that – pull this off? The short answer is a single word: Innovation.
Sheba has found a career within the intersection of law and technology, working remotely four days a week by using secure, closed systems to access almost everything she needs, right from her home office. She performs research, verifies data, completes electronic filings, and executes a host of other activities using safe, vetted technologies. These systems are designed to keep information protected, while providing the access required. She can participate in meetings via conference calls and video teleconferences – attending and giving presentations while wearing her slippers. She is able to commit time to her craft that would otherwise be lost in rush hour gridlock.
Many of the systems Sheba uses had yet to be created when she began dreaming about her future. Performing her job as she does today, remotely, was simply impossible. Technological innovation has made it possible, and while Sheba is a great individual example, she’s not alone – a rapidly growing segment of the workforce is doing the same. With the right technology, creatively deployed and securely administered, amazing things are possible – even entirely new career paths.
Just as Sheba currently enjoys job flexibility that didn’t exist when she was a child, we all use massive amounts of technology that didn’t exist ten years ago. Innovations have exponentially increased the amount of data available, as well as dramatically improved our ability to visualize it. We now have the power to get grand … or granular. There are billions of collective data points generated by many of the things we do, from simply entering the office building to checking traffic on our smart phones to purchasing a cup of coffee. These data points exist within a narrative, which is revealed through our ability to analyze that data in the proper context. And innovation makes that more possible now than ever.
Today, we have technical toolboxes full of new tools, as well as old ones used in new ways. At iDS, our experts leverage these to help our clients overcome challenges that may not have existed even a couple of years ago. From analytics to forensics to cybersecurity, it’s important to have the right professionals to maximize the advantage of today’s innovative tools. Our team, highly experienced specialists who have found their own dream jobs within the intersection of law and technology, work more and more as valued strategic partners with attorneys like Sheba to analyze and understand the staggering amount of data produced daily – a vital need in today’s litigation landscape.
And every day brings additional tools or uses for existing ones. Experts and developers, like my colleagues at iDS, have been thinking about them and working on advancing them for years. While future jobs of current elementary school children may not have been created yet, we are working on developing the tools today to analyze and extract meaning from the data they’ll have tomorrow – data which will have a profound impact in almost every industry. And I see some of those kids pursuing their dreams next to me here at iDS.
Innovation is the key to so many fresh opportunities and ways to make a difference. Just ask Sheba, who today works in a well-known, ages-old profession, but in a novel, modern way. Technology allowed her to plot a new path. It can and should do the same for us all.
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