Today, Box announced their further expansion into the legal vertical. This is the type of announcement to which lawyers of all shapes and sizes should pay attention, as it will help improve their technological ecosystem to serve clients. They asked me to provide some thoughts on the move here.
By way of background, Burton Law has been a Box customer since 2011. I also have been fortunate to continue working with Box in other capacities, including their inaugural Box MVP program, speaking at BoxWorks 2013 and serving on the legal vertical advisory board. It has been exciting to see this develop while working with Nitin Gupta and the rest of the Box team.
Box’s announcement into this vertical includes expansion into some larger firms, an ABA member benefit and integrations with cloud-based and mobile apps. All of these initiatives fall in line with why we have been using Box. Our move to Box focused around the user interface, scalability, mobility and security.
I’m sure each new Box partner will explain their portion, but I figured I could focus on two use cases with new integrations that are directly beneficial to how our firm operates.
DirectLaw. We use DirectLaw to provide the online delivery of legal services. The integration with Box will bring documents generated through the DirectLaw platform into our centralized document management system. Box already partnered with Clio — our practice management system — a while ago (and Clio integrates with DirectLaw), so this new integration is exciting because it will bring all of our platforms together from a content management standpoint. This, naturally, increases efficiencies and reduces the “where’s that document?” issue that everyone should try to avoid.
TrialPad. I have been a fan of TrialPad and have used it since the initial rollout. However, the biggest annoyance with the app has been a lack of Box integration. So, if I wanted to upload documents to TrialPad, they had to be moved to a different platform off of Box. I know. It is a first world problem. Now, all is stable in the Force.
Coupling the new partnerships and integrations with the announcements at BoxWorks 2013 (especially the redesigned iOS app), there are a lot of reasons to be excited about future use of the Box platform in the legal profession.