Hats Off to a Totally Awesome Administrator

We are proud to recognize someone that is very special to many people who touch the Association of Legal Administrators’ (ALA) Community locally and nationally.  John Kirk, Director of Administration of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP (MGKF)  was given the highest honor – “The Spirit of ALA Award” presented to him at the conference on May 24th.  And in the spirit of this rare occasion, the Philadelphia chapter is toasting his achievement of “leadership, commitment, tenacity and dedication” as defined by the ALA award next month at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia.

As a 24 year supporter of ALA, John has held positions on committees including the Annual Conference Committee, one as Chair, the Certification Task Force and the Business Partner Relations Committee.

John is a huge supporter of all the vendors who support ALA and promotes the belief that vendors are more than suppliers of services – they are partners through and through.  He is the first to reach out to you when you need assistance and most supportive of making sure you succeed.

John S. Kirk is a Certified Legal Manager and has worked in the legal industry for over 25 years, first in litigation support consulting, and later in law firm management and administration. Before joining MGKF, John was the Director of Finance and Administration for Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple, P.C., a law firm in Massachusetts.

Hats off to you John – you make us proud to be a partner and a friend, we love your down to earth ability of being humble and for especially making every vendor feel equally important to the ALA Community.  Bravo!

The Possible Acquisition of Autonomy by HP.

Wow — $11.5 Billion!  I was really impressed to hear that UK based Autonomy is in the evaluation process of being acquired by HP.  I wonder what kind of new incentives this can drum up in the legal community?

Autonomy has been known as the largest of the three most popular document management software companies in the legal marketplace.  But it has grown particularly in its offerings in the past years in the eDiscovery and enterprise content management platforms.  Let’s not forget its introduction to Matter Centricity – which many firms transformed their networks to in recent years.

And then through the grapevine, we hear that HP is actually interested in getting out of the hardware business with this acquisition and becoming a full fledged service oriented model.  This is a big step for HP – especially now because they will have to re-brand themselves for being the experts in customer service and boast qualifications that already exist for its competitors – IBM, Oracle, Microsoft and SAP.

HP also announced that it was going to cease the existence of its webOS mobile operating system.  They spent a great deal of money and time promoting.  This is only after spending $1.2 billion when acquiring Palm announcing very aggressive hardware plans centered on Palm’s webOS.

So will they turn to social media to brand their new offerings if the acquisition goes through?  What will happen to the competition such as Dell, Toshiba, Sony and Apple in their hardware offerings?

It’s an exciting time in a difficult economy.  Administrators – pay attention to what will happen to your most valued software investment.

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