Episodes 6 & 7: Dr. Green on Meaning of “Legal Operations” and “The Future of Compliance and Legal with a Digital Lens”
By Ronald J. Coleman
Our sixth and seventh episodes—focused on “The Future of Compliance and Legal with a Digital Lens”—feature guest speakers Josh Hogue, Andreas Pyrcek, and Dr. Annie Green. I asked our guests “what is legal operations, and what do we mean by the future of compliance and legal with a digital lens?” Dr. Green said:
“I’m going to kind of jump in here and talk about the digital lens for a second. Like with any application, and even in legal, like they said, the legal operations, what we’re doing is you’re actually recreating your reality within a computer. So therefore, when you’re looking at it through a digital lens, you have two perspectives of it. The first is digitization, which is where you create the entities or the components that actually drive your operations within a digital format and store it within a computer. The second is, you have digitalization. They sound very similar, but the second is where you transform your organization such that it is using that particular data and those technologies that help them to perform their tasks. And in most cases, when you’re looking at a digital lens, you need to be cognizant that this is your reality. So for example, when a typewriter was developed into a word processor, they looked at each component and they recreated it, and then it was introduced into the business environment, such that we could use it. Once it was actually copied over, we began to improve it, so people could work with it better. That’s the same sort of process that we’re doing now. So to look at legal through a digital lens, you have to be very cognizant and aware that it is your reality, and there are things that you cannot forget when you move it into a digital realm.”
Interested in hearing more? Check out Episode 6 (available January 31, 2022) and Episode 7 (available February 24, 2022).