What I can do for you
Technology Strategy and Consulting
I can help you step back from the day-to-day and take a more strategic look at how well you use your technology and make recommendations on how you might use it better. My services include technology use assessments, maturity assessments, staff assessments, a review of vendors and help with budgeting.
Manage Your Projects Right
I can provide effective management for projects, programs, and portfolios to help you achieve your strategic goals. My services include project management, program or portfolio reviews and help with struggling projects. I can also assess your firms project management maturity and make recommendations for positive improvements.
Assess Your Technology Security
I can help you assess the status of your technology security and help set a solid course for your technology security. My services include a high-level security review of your systems, policies and procedures, data breach planning, risk assessment and planning, and recommendations.
Solve Your Problems
I am a problem solver. Sometimes things just don’t work and I can provide fresh perspective. I will work with you and your team to resolve or mitigate your technology problems.
Why work with me?
My clients trust me. My advice is unbiased because I don’t sell hardware or software. My work is focused on fulfilling my clients needs.
I have a broad range of deep experience finding and making useful technology work successfully and have managed technology projects for both law firms and large corporations all over the United States and overseas.
Impartial and Unbiased
Some consultants provide advice by sowing doubt and promising certainty. I provide reliable advice you can trust. I do NOT sell software or hardware and I do NOT have an "angle". My advice about technology has no hidden motives.
30+ Years Experience
My consulting experience spans many firms over a long period of time. I have worked in and for law firms for over 30+ years and have owned and managed a legal technology consultancy firm for over 26 years.
Passion for Technology
I'm a geek. I love technology. I understand technology. I write about it. I talk about it. Technology done right can effect enormous change, but I also understand that technology needs to work FOR you. It needs to meet business requirements. Your business needs should drive your technology solutions. I can provide you with practical, business-driven no-nonsense solutions.
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Data breaches are becoming more frequent and common. Even if a data breach cannot be avoided, with thoughtful planning, preparation, and diligence it can be more easily survived. Link to Article by Don Philmlee, Practice Innovations, Thomson-Reuters, January 2016
EVM (Earned Value Management) is a new and unexplored practice for most law firms. It is a proven method and best practice used by large organizations all over the world to understand and control project sucess. The main advantage of EVM is to anticipate project problems early and to take action to prevent overspending while staying on[…]
Technology has rapidly moved from the computer room to the desktop to the laptop to the handheld. With each move it becomes a more personal and intimate part of both our business and personal lives. Today’s technology is becoming wearable—adorning our bodies and becoming even more intimate and central to our lives. Link to Article[…]
Traveling with technology has increasingly become a perilous affair. Gone are the free days of easy travel with just a laptop and phone and hotel wireless. Also, law firms are often rich repositories of corporate information and intellectual property. Travelers are increasingly carrying valuable data on a variety of devices from laptops, tablets, and smartphones[…]
Today implementing a BYO program is a choice. However, the BYO movement is here to stay and is growing by leaps and bounds. To stay competitive, law firms may have to provide deeper and wider BYOE implementations. Link to Article by Don Philmlee, Practice Innovations, Thomson-Reuters, January 2014.
Organizational project management (OPM) is the highest level of project management and provides the systematic management of projects, programs, and portfolios to achieve a law firm’s strategic goals. Link to Article by Don Philmlee, Practice Innovations, Thomson-Reuters, March 2013
It is astonishing to have a computer accurately interpret and comprehend the amorphous blob of natural language quickly and accurately, yet today’s newest smartphones and tablets often manage to accomplish this in just seconds and with a device that typically costs only a few hundred dollars. Link to Article by Don Philmlee, Practice Innovations, Thomson-Reuters, January 2013.
HTML5 is a technology that promises to bring new features that will change how we interact with the Internet. It will also redefine how we use our computers. This article outlines and summarizes these new features and their benefits. Link to Article by Don Philmlee, Practice Innovations, Thomson-Reuters, January 2012