Rooms With a View

Moving to new offices?  You might want to visit MIT first. The 1,000+ people in MIT’s computer science labs are moving from the WWII-era "NE43" building to the $285-million, 719,000 square-foot, Frank Gehry-designed "Stata Center." ...

One Global Desktop? Never Happen

The former IT director of Herbert Smith, the large UK firm, evaluates the state of the art on the lawyer’s desktop, and finds it deeply unsatisfactory. I told you that "lawyers live in Outlook," and evidently that’s more true than most people...

Once the Trains Are Running On Time, Then What?

Does your finance department contribute strategic direction to your firm’s business?  Or are you satisfied if they just have accounts-receivable buttoned-down? According to this survey by Accenture, 79% of executives polled viewed "strategic financial...

Do You Have the Stomach (or Brain?) for an Internal Firm Blog?

Michael Schrage of CIO Magazine has a characteristically sane and clear-eyed column about the value—and the concomitant risk—of free-wheeling internal corporate blogs, and he apparently has the goods on some in-house Fortune 500 examples. What topics do...

Digital Document Discovery: Menace or Threat?

What are the pitfalls of document management in the digital age? Let me count the ways:   statutes (e.g., SOX) may tell you how long you have to retain documents (five years past an audit, e.g.), but if not you have to decide what your policy is; you can violate...
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