Category Archives for "Resources"

Mar 20

Does your firm or organization need a Modern Library Audit?

By Michael Feit | Feit Consulting , Modern Law Library , Resources

If you are a Librarian or Administrator who has the mindset of continuous process improvement with the goal of optimizing resources (time and money), the Modern Library Audit provides concrete steps specific to your firm’s needs to achieve this.

In a Modern Library Audit, Feit Consulting’s team of experts conducts a thorough assessment of all legal information functions in the library and the support provided for various departments and practice groups. We evaluate the utilization of personnel, internal processes, technology, legal information resources and the overall support for the business of law.

From the assessment, we develop and present a plan to further modernize your Law Library. What this equates to is a solid plan with clear action steps and ROI for improving how your Law Library operates.

The Modern Law Library is not a destination but an approach to managing legal information resources. Even when a firm reaches the realm of modernizing their law library, changes will occur – internal and external to the firm – that affect the role of the Library and what it provides.

The result of a Modern Law Library Audit is a clear plan with recommendations specific to your firm/organization with the goal of saving money, improving efficiencies, and maximizing the utilization of resources.

If you are ready to take your Law Library to the next level, Feit Consulting’s Modern Library Audit provides a clear path forward. Contact a Feit Advisor today to set up an initial consultation and schedule your Audit.

Mar 20

The Modern Law Library’s Alignment with the Firm’s Strategic Plan

By Michael Feit | Best Practices , Feit Consulting , Legal Information Trends , Librarians , Modern Law Library , Resources , Survey Results , Surveys , White Papers

While a library can modernize without a strategic plan, having a strategic plan provides direction and concrete goals and objectives to reaching this vision. A surprising 61% of survey respondents indicated the library does not have its own strategic plan.

Surprisingly, only 37% of respondents indicated the library’s strategies are derived from the firm’s larger strategic plan as illustrated below.

As a business unit within the firm, the Modern Library should be cognizant of the firm’s strategic plan. Resources and initiatives should be evaluated to make sure that they are in support of where the firm is going in the future.

Consider the value of the resources and skills that you offer your firm. Does the library have the right tools in place to support the changing needs of the firm? Does firm leadership capitalize on the skills of your team to assess, implement and utilize new processes and technology to move the firm’s strategic vision forward?

Make the Library’s success your business!

Our latest report was developed with intel from over 250 interviews and in-depth surveys with legal information professionals. Included are check-lists and best practices to guide your firm in achieving maximum ROI –and ensure that the Modern Law Library is in alignment with the firm’s strategic plan.

To purchase a copy of the Library Modernization Survey Results, click here.

Purchase of the Survey Results can be applied to the purchase of Feit Consulting’s white paper: Beyond Virtualization: Transforming the Law Library.

Mar 20

ROI and the Modern Law Library

By Michael Feit | Benchmarking , Best Practices , Feit Consulting , Legal Information Trends , Modern Law Library , Resources , Surveys , White Papers

The Modern Library requires individuals to change their mindset from maintaining the status quo to adopting a new way of doing things. What is the ROI of your Law Library?  Do you feel the library’s resources are being optimized?

Our team of experts evaluate resources, personnel, technology, processes, and overall usage of the Library and its’ resources.

This allows Feit Consulting to custom tailor and deliver invaluable knowledge, guidance and processes for analyzing the ROI of your legal information portfolio.

A Modern Library Audit will include clear steps to increasing the Return On Investment of your Library by evaluating the utilization of personnel, internal processes, technology, legal information resources and the overall support for the business of law.  With this information we will develop a unique business plan with workable recommendations that are specific to your firm’s needs and culture.

Another excellent resource for ROI assessment is our Market Trends Legal Information SeriesThis series is composed of white papers and survey results on pertinent topics such as:

  • How to take a proactive approach to evaluating the sole-provider option allowing you to make informed decisions regarding vendor elimination.
  • How to assess the value of your firm’s resources and learn key negotiation tools for optimizing results.
  • The historical pricing and current strategies of Westlaw & Lexis featuring data on 98% of the large law market.
  • Best practices on modernizing the law library to create efficiencies including survey results and checklists for evaluating technologies.

As thought leaders working to challenging existing paradigms, Feit Consulting is committed to providing your firm with tools, concrete steps and leading-edge solutions for making the best decision for your legal information strategy and bottom line.  CLICK HERE and Contact Feit Today for More Information.  

Mar 19

When do contracts longer than 3 years make sense?

By Michael Feit | Pricing , White Papers

Both Lexis and Westlaw are currently pitching long-term deals. This is symptomatic of a saturated market. Online usage and recovery rates have been declining since 2008 and as a result pricing has declined. Why lock your firm into a long-term price commitment in this rapidly evolving market?

Negotiating with the vendors can be a frustrating, drawn-out and often unsatisfying process. For many of our clients, negotiating ranks with tax-time on everyone’s list of fun things to do making the idea of fewer renewals sound enticing.

However, with rare exceptions, a long-term contract is among the worst paths a firm can choose for several reasons. One important reason seems obvious: change. Technology and pricing are continuously changing. You wouldn’t buy a plan that kept you from upgrading your phone for 5 years, would you? The legal information landscape is rapidly evolving with exciting acquisitions and new companies/products emerging. These products will continue to pull away use and interest in Lexis and Westlaw. It is always possible that one change in the market could make another product irrelevant. And as Artificial Intelligence rapidly gains momentum, there is much to be seen. What will the legal information landscape look like in 5 years?

Generally, a longer contract benefits the vendor. For legal information contracts, we always advise keeping the term to within your near- and long-term forecasts, generally 3 years or fewer unless you are receiving a truly exceptional deal.

How exceptional is the new proposal? What are the year over year increases? What additional benefits are you receiving for a longer-term contract? Perhaps your firm/organization deleted the vendor in the past and is seeking to reinstate, leading to pricing and terms that are best in market. Make sure they are, and not just because the vendor has told you so. Another option to consider is bundling. Bundling products together can be an advantageous for some. However, for many, a new contract bundle may be hiding unnecessary products or content that the firm or organization doesn’t need. Take a good look at the bundle being offered. It could be a great deal, or it might not, but in either case, it is worth investigating.
Your current contract pricing and terms serve as the basis for upcoming contract negotiations. Learn whether your current contracts or vendor proposals are on par with Feit Consulting’s Market Benchmarks. We can shed light on spend per attorney, discount, and usage. Contact a Feit Advisor to have your contracts and proposals benchmarked. Alternatively, utilize Feit Consulting’s Optimizing Legal Information Pricing report which shares Feit’s market knowledge on these metrics along with concrete strategies to maximize results in your legal information contract negotiations.
Mar 19

Upcoming With Feit Consulting – Stay Connected

By Michael Feit | Best Practices , Events , Feit Consulting , Legal Information Trends

Interested in staying abreast of Feit Consulting’s latest New & Insights or which upcoming events or conferences you can see us at, sign up to stay connected.

Coming this summer Feit Consulting will introduce our 360 Webinar Series, a special benefit of the FEIT360 Plus subscription. As thought leaders in legal information, Feit Consulting continues to evolve to meet our client’s needs. FEIT360 Plus was designed to provide law firm administrators and legal information managers an avenue to utilize expert consultants with planned costs. Firms and organizations that subscribe to FEIT360 Plus receive special access to the Market Trends Legal Information White Papers white papers, on-call consulting, project specific solutions, and more. Learn more about the benefits of FEIT360 plus. Contact a Feit Advisor today to set up a call to learn more about the benefits of FEIT360 Plus for your firm or organization.

 

Mar 16

White Paper Released! Beyond Virtualization: Transforming the Law Library

By Michael Feit | Modern Law Library , White Papers

As law firms battle for market share, management must focus on constantly improving value and enhancing service, and that requires ongoing innovation. Successful firm administrators are able to innovate by utilizing existing internal resources in better, more efficient ways with an eye towards process improvement. Consider improving your firm’s ROI by modernizing your law library or optimizing your investment in legal information resources.

Feit Consulting has just released its latest white paper: Beyond Virtualization: Transforming the Law Library offering check-lists and best practices to guide in assessing the potential value of a modern law library and its role within the firm.

Developed by our team of experts with input and intel gathered in surveys and interviews with over 250 individuals, this report provides best practices and covers every factor one needs to consider in modernizing their library. This report was developed as a resource for both Administrators and Librarians, highlighting avenues for increasing ROI and showcasing the value of the law library.

Don’t discount what your law library can do. Contemplating old habits and facilitating necessary change brings about new alternatives and solutions for improved value by modernizing the library and optimizing legal information pricing. Learn more about this extensive resource!

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