Lawyer Monthly - October 2022

About Leanne Aldrich Leanne Aldrich graduated with a degree in marketing and began her career as a public relations professional before moving on to specialise in events for the oil and gas industry. In 2014, she took on her first technical role as a director for a tech start-up, growing a portfolio of workforce management systems and heading up the growth strategy through to a successful buyout. Leanne later joined Amdaris in 2021 as a software solutions consultant to help grow a selection of the company’s sectors, namely Amdaris’s law practice portfolio of clients. About Amdaris Amdaris is a Bristol-based digital transformation specialist. Their team enables businesses to upgrade and digitalise their systems and to scale at speed. Amdaris has also been recognised as 'Business Of The Year – 51+ Employees' by Business Leader in its 2022 South West Awards. attempt at $5.5 million per enterprise. Developing your software in-house can be a risky affair unless you and your team have the right experience and skill sets. Risks include software failures, legacy system problems and cybercrime. You need the right skills – or partner – in place to avoid such risks. 3. Do we have the inhouse capabilities to build it ourselves or do we need to outsource? According to our recent survey of 300 IT leaders, 63% of respondents reported difficulties in finding and hiring strong talent, while 54% said access to talent was a strong reason for deciding to outsource, followed by the need to save on costs and acquire knowledge and experience. Many in-house teams are unlikely to have the skills and expertise required to build their new software solution. For this reason, outsourcing can be hugely beneficial as it allows businesses to access a wider pool of tech talent from markets outside of the UK, such as tech hubs in Eastern Europe. These specialists are ready to get started on projects quickly, without the delays caused by lengthy in-house recruitment processes. The flexibility of outsourcing also means you avoid HR hassles and only need to hire talent for the length of your project. As the challenge is not only to find new tech talent but also to help develop and improve your existing in-house digital skills, outsourcing can support this by providing experts to train and work alongside your in-house teams. 74% of the organisations we surveyed said that they saw outsourcing as a way to help them improve and adopt better software development practices, such as agile delivery and quality auditing. The Bottom Line Legal businesses have three options when it comes to lawtech: they can try to buy the software they need off the shelf, they can try to build a solution themselves in-house, or they can partner with an outsourcer and bring in additional skills and expertise to help. Of these three options, the latter offers the most rewards. Not only does it ensure that the software solution you build fits seamlessly around your internal processes and solves your business problems today, but it allows you to commercialise your offering in the future. Through outsourcing, your in-house team will gain development knowledge and training, which also adds value to your business. Ultimately, this decision will come down to the scale of your ambition. To lead from the front in legal tech you cannot just use the same off-the-shelf software solutions as your competitors. Instead, custombuilt, innovative technology is the way forward if you want to forge ahead. Contact Leanne Aldrich Software Solutions Consultant Amdaris Tel: +44 01179 353344 Many inhouse teams are unlikely to have the skills and expertise required to build their new software solution. 46 LAWYERMONTHLYOCTOBER 2022

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