Australian ‘Big Focus’ Legal Technology Briefing Series Reveals Social Collaboration Technology and Android Platform Piquing Law Firm Interest

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Successful Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne Law Firm Seminars Expose Increasing Interest in Enterprise-level Social Collaboration + Viability of Android as Mobile Platform for Legal

In addition to BlackBerry and iPhone support, voice productivity vendor BigHand offers the first enterprise dictation app for Android complete with voice-to-text and photo + file attachments. New levels of mobile efficiency are now possible for law firms.

BigHand, the leading voice productivity vendor in the legal community supporting over 135,000 professionals globally, today announced the successful completion of its ‘Big Focus’ Legal Technology Breakfast Briefing Series which took place in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne throughout May. Designed as a forum to discuss emerging technologies and themes, key discussions to arise during the briefing series included how to best ‘seed’ social sharing tools within the Enterprise, as well as the current feasibility of Android as a secure Enterprise-level mobile platform.

Dan Speed, Managing Director Asia-Pacific, BigHand commented: “With 16 of the Top-25 law firms in Australia and New Zealand now using our voice technology we are well aware that law firms in the region are extremely innovative, and our aim was to provide a forum so that topics that may only just be entering procurement cross-hairs could be openly debated. We were delighted that the subjects were well received and facilitated cutting edge discussion beyond the standard legal business process and document management themes”.

Guest speaker in Melbourne, Rob Roe, Managing Director, AirWatch, a global provider of enterprise-wide smartphone security and mobile device management solutions, commented: “The discussion was certainly in line with what we are seeing at our customer sites outside the legal industry. The ability of law firms to completely control the mobile platform is being highly tested. On the one hand personal devices are being brought into the Enterprise, with users then seeking support for them, and increasingly open platforms like Android are proving harder to regulate within a corporate environment. I was pleased that some of our hints and tips about telecoms governance in this more open atmosphere seemed to resonate.”

Ross Hill, Enterprise Relations Asia-Pacific at Yammer, the guest speaker in Adelaide, commented: “As the world becomes more connected, a massive part of that is within the organisations that we work in each day. Yammer is seeing a tremendous increase in adoption regardless of industry, location and size, and many of the law firms who attended were unaware that they already had groups of staff using Yammer to foster productivity and improved decision making. This highlighted how organisations are rapidly learning how to embrace cloud-based platforms as they become part of the fabric of how we work.”

About BigHand
The BigHand Group supports over 135,000 professionals globally, across 1,300 organisations, and is based out of Sydney, London, Chicago and Toronto. BigHand is a Microsoft Gold Partner, BlackBerry ISV Partner, and was voted Australasian Legal Business Magazine’s Dictation & Transcription ‘Service Provider of the Year’ for 2010, North American ‘Dictation System of the Year’ at the 7th Annual Law Technology News (LTN) Awards in 2009, and 'Mobile Product of the Year' at the UK CNet Business Technology Awards 2008. Further info is available at


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