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This blog post "Lean Six Sigma at Your Firm: Transportation" from Debbie Foster, Manager Partner at Affinity Consulting Group, is part of a lean six sigma series from the Columbus Bar Association Blog.

Transportation is all about the movement of information or materials from one place to another. Paper files tend to be at the heart and soul of transportation waste in a law firm. It all starts when deciding whether you are going to have, or continue to have paper files, and understanding what purpose they serve in the firm. There are quite a few challenges that go along with paper files: two people cannot be looking at it at the same time, they get lost, left at home, in the car, in the conference room, etc. When we ask professionals who work in firms that rely heavily on paper files where they waste the most time, the answer is often, “looking for paper files.”

This blog post "Lean Six Sigma at Your Firm: Non-Utilized Talent" from Debbie Foster, Manager Partner at Affinity Consulting Group, is part of a lean six sigma series from the Columbus Bar Association Blog.

They say that the most valuable asset in any organization is its people. But, in many working environments, we don’t see everyone working to their highest potential. Waste is defined as any activity that does not result in moving the process toward completion, or performing tasks that do not add value to the finished product.

A great blog/site, Lawyerist, runs a regular feature describing how various lawyers get their work done. Affinity Partner Barron Henley was interviewed for the most recent installment. This is your chance to see a photo of Barron's office and learn that he hates working in coffee shops.

We received a number of calls from clients over the past few days regarding the latest Worldox software update that includes Indexer as a Service (IaaS). As such, we thought it would be beneficial to clarify a few things. Last week, World Software announced that the long-awaited IaaS offering is now ready and is going to be packaged into the latest Worldox GX4 update, WDU10. While we will explain below more about the benefits of running your Indexer program as a service, we want to first caution you from updating your site without proper guidance and planning beforehand. The indexer as a service will automatically install after the update and start running in a semi complete state, while it waits for further configuration. If the Indexer is not configured properly, after the update, the text and profile databases along with any other scheduled jobs (i.e.,scheduled imports of new client matters) will cease to update or run. It is for this reason that we want to caution you from updating Worldox without first understanding how to configure the new software.

Electronic data…it is everywhere and has made its way into our everyday lives – including evidentiary investigations. Whole industries are forming around mining it, investigating it and protecting it. E-discovery is a quickly evolving tool that is proving to be a valuable source of evidence in criminal and civil litigation. But, e-discovery has a reputation for being time-wasting and expensive. Do you know enough to use it well?

Our year-long Thought Leadership Webinar Series continues next week with Brett Burney, Principal of Burney Consultants LLC . Brett focuses the bulk of his time bridging the chasm between the legal and technology frontiers of electronic discovery. Law firms seek out Brett’s expertise to solve their troubling questions about litigation support software and e-discovery challenges. In this session, you’ll get the benefit of hearing Brett’s top 5 e-discovery “gotchas” and how you can avoid them.

There is a new phishing scam where you may receive a Google document from a known contact. It requires you to log in and allow it to control your contacts which gives the hack control of your Google email account which in turn further propagates the scam.

The bad documents are very hard to detect, so it is best to get confirmation from the sender before opening it.

Software Technology LLC announced the 2016 Tabs3 and PracticeMaster Reseller award winners. These award winners are the highest performing members of the channel by a number of measures, including sales, strong client relationships and their expertise with Tabs3 and PracticeMaster. affinity consulting group won first place for PracticeMaster Reseller of the year, Tabs3 Billing reseller of the year, Platinum Reseller of the Year, and Overall Reseller of the year for 2017.

With so many cybersecurity threats and ransomware warnings and hijacked databases in the news, panic is beginning to set in! How can you possibly prepare for such an enemy of your law firm – and your clients?! Is it inevitable?

The Thought Leaders from Sensei Enterprises are here to put your panic into perspective with our latest installment in Affinity’s Thought Leadership Webinar Series. Cybersecurity expert and Sensei Enterprises President Sharon Nelson will share her Top 5 Cybersecurity Tips on April 28th at 11:30 am EST. Along with Sensei Vice President, John Simek, they will share five simple tips can dramatically slash the risk of law firms suffering a data breach.

Affinity Partner Steve Best co-hosted, along with lawyer, author, and podcaster Dennis Kennedy, a series of "TECHSHOW Today" live videos from ABA TECHSHOW 2017 in Chicago.

The videos, sponsored by LegalTalk Network, included interviews with several of the leading TECHSHOW 2017 presenters as well as next year's TECHSHOW co-chairs.

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