I could not be at the ILTA (formerly LawNet) conference in Phoenix this week, to my regret. My friend and business partner, Shy Alter, CEO of ii3, however, is attending and provides a “highlights” report. 

Shy writes:

Microsoft is in the house: Looking at the program, many tracks are conducted by leading vendors in the space. These educational tracks are provided by vendors such as Hummingbird, Aderant, and a relatively new but fast growing presence – Microsoft. In fact – measured by the number of tracks, Microsoft out does all other vendors. When MS decides to move into a space – well – they don’t beat around the bush – and the CIOs I talked to are definitely taking notice.
Integration, integration and some more integration: I met and interviewed four CIOs on Monday. One interesting common theme emerged when I asked about the future of business applications in the firm (e.g. DM, CRM etc.) – and whether there’s appetite for more – all of them said that the issue is not new applications, but how to make those that they have “talk” to each other.

Shy is attending ILTA in an official capacity, to produce ii3 TV segments for ITLA. He is interviewing numerous conference attendees and will assemble a video segment (details on availability of this to come). For those who would like a preview of his considerable substantive and production talent, go to ii3 TV for two 15-segments on knowledge management topics.