Is LegalTech New York Becoming a Job Fair?

jobs_lineThe results of an eDiscovery Solutions Group (eDSG) weekly poll indicates that 19% of the voters are attending LegalTech 2013 in New York to look for a new job.  The eDSG poll was open from January 21-28, 2013 and registered 1,309 voters.

As with any industry, there has historically been personnel movement between the various litigation technology vendors, litigation service providers and litigation consulting groups.  So, I am not sure that this 19% is any higher than in any other year.  However, with the HP announcements that they are reducing the Autonomy workforce along with several other litigation related technology groups that are struggling financially, it is no surprise that personnel are looking for new opportunities.

The other results from the eDSG weekly poll were equally intriguing:

  • Planning to See New Predictive Analytics Technology = 16.67%
  • Planning to attend the great parties = 14.29%
  • Planning to See New eDiscovery Platforms that Support the entire eDiscovery lifecycle = 11.9%
  • Not attending Legal Tech in New York this Year = 9.52%
  • Planning to meet with Partners = 4.76%
  • Planning to meet with Industry Analysts = 4.76%
  • Not Planning to attend any Sessions = 4.76%
  • Planning to See New Early Case Assessment (ECA) Technology = 2.38%
  • Planning to See New Document Review Technology = 2.38%
  • Planning to meet with Clients = 2.38%
  • Planning to attend all of the Sessions = 2.38%
  • Planning to walk the Vendor Area = 2.38%
  • Not Planning to walk the Vendor Area = 2.38%
  • I have no expectations = 0%
  • Not planning to attend any parties = 0%

It is becoming clear that 2013 is going to be the year of Predictive Technology (aka Predictive Coding, Technology Assisted Review, Technology Assisted eDiscovery) as almost 17% of the voters are planning to look at new predictive analytics technology.  In a possibly related result, 14% of the voters indicated that they were planning to attend all of the great parties.  Maybe some of the voters are planning to “kill two birds with one stone” and attend the Recommind Party.  If last year’s unplanned stage show at the Recommind cocktail party is any indication, this year’s Recommind party should be a “must attend event”.

In other results from the eDSG weekly poll, 12% of the voters indicated that they plan to look for eDiscovery Platforms that support the entire eDiscovery lifecycle.  Probably a very close second to Predictive Technology, I am beginning to think that 2013 is also the year that buyers are now looking for a single platform that support the entire eDiscovery lifecycle and possibly even supports the broader requirement of Information Governance.

Only 9.5% of the voters indicated that they would not be attending LegalTech 2013 in New York with the remainder of the voting percentages so low that I am not sure that they really mean much.  However, I would remise if I didn’t point out that no voters indicated that they were not going to attend any of the parties.

About Charles Skamser
Charles Skamser is an internationally recognized technology sales, marketing and product management leader with over 25 years of experience in Information Governance, eDiscovery, Machine Learning, Computer Assisted Analytics, Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics, IT Automation and ITOA. Charles is the founder and Senior Analyst for eDiscovery Solutions Group, a global provider of information management consulting, market intelligence and advisory services specializing in information governance, eDiscovery, Big Data analytics and cloud computing solutions. Previously, Charles served in various executive roles with disruptive technology start ups and well known industry technology providers. Charles is a prolific author and a regular speaker on the technology that the Global 2000 require to manage the accelerating increase in Electronically Stored Information (ESI). Charles holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Macalester College.