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The Value of an ALA Business Partnership by Diane Pieretti Document Technologies (DTI) has been a Business Partner of the Association of Legal Administrators (“ALA”) supporting local chapters and regional conferences since 1997; and, nationally since 2003 through the ALA Annual Conference & Exposition. Over the years, DTI has developed strong relationships with many ALA members across the country. DTI has successfully assisted law firms in streamlining operations and increasing productivity by assessing workflow and making recommendations related to people, service and technology for on-site services. We also strive to offer creative end-to-end solutions relating specifically to on-site and off -site litigation services. We take the headache out of day-to-day operations; and allow our legal clients to focus on other more mission critical areas! Diane Pieretti Document Technologies, Inc. Diane Pieretti is the Director of Sales, West Region for Facilities Management for DTI. Diane has 30 years experience in professional sales. Her past experience includes development, deployment and management of a national “office products” program specifically designed for law firms. Diane has experience in working with a wide variety of Facilities Management clients in various industries. Document Technologies, Inc. (DTI) is the nation’s largest independent provider of facilities management and discovery solutions, servicing clients through offices in more than 20 markets across the U.S. Headquartered in Atlanta, DTI delivers end-to-end electronic discovery solutions, including pre-litigation readiness consulting, forensics, data acquisition, processing, and an array of hosting platforms to meet a variety of litigation support needs. DTI clients include both top law firms and Fortune 500 corporations nationwide. For more information, visit If you would like to further discuss DTI business solutions directly with Diane, please feel free to contact her by telephone at (650) 438-1942 or by email at Through my involvement with ALA, I have learned that the ultimate goal of a successful business partnership is a true understanding of each firm’s specific requirements. Only by obtaining this understanding are business partners able to offer customized solutions that benefit clients operationally, and position them to increase profitability. One example of this is the work DTI does with law firms struggling with the challenge of migrating from paper to electronic document storage. Finding the right tool for end users that will provide ease of use and flexibility is key in today’s legal environment, and every law firm DTI partners with is seeking to improve efficiency and reduce costs in order to provide the best service to their clients while also providing competitive pricing. DTI recently worked with a client (and ALA member) in San Francisco who asked DTI to provide them with a solution for document management that included centralized fax management. The Firm identified their need to “very easily” scan documents into searchable PDF format or Microsoft Word document from their desktop as well as a shared copier. Further, the Firm had so many fax machines it required 3 full-time employees to manage incoming and outgoing faxes. The fax machines required maintenance and supplies that resulted in additional costs. DTI’s Director of Technology reviewed viable options with the firm’s facility manager and helped develop a solution that met the Firm’s requirements and provide the greatest flexibility. They ended up with a solution that provided ease of use, conversion of scanned documents to an editable and searchable PDF or Word format, and supported a centralized fax management environment. The result was (1) a reduction in costs associated with faxes, (2) improved productivity through server-based document conversion, and (3) a reduction in the number of full-time employees required to manage incoming and outgoing faxes. The above is an example of how ALA membership provides tremendous value by partnering with businesses who offer real, relevant solutions specifically focused on the needs of a law firm -- a goal for which DTI and all ALA business partners consistently strive. The result of successful business partnerships with ALA members include: (a) expanded member education resources, (b) sharing of best practices, (c) practical solutions to address unique firm requirements, and (d) meaningful, long-term professional relationships. Business Partner support is also paramount to reducing the cost of local chapter educational activities for ALA members, as well as costs for regional and/or national conferences. 6 Golden Gate Chapter November 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Bridge - November 2011

The Bridge - November 2011
President’s Message
Five Common Management Mistakes
The Value of ALA Partnership
Business Partner Appreciation Reception
New Law Requires Employers to Continue Health Benefits
Change for the Good
Gold Nugget Program
Community Challenge Events
Leadership Profile: Betty Smith
Annual Conference Announcements
Hot Topics From the List Serve
Salary & Benefit Survey Order Form
Member Anniversaries
2011—2012 Business Partners
Job Bank
Golden Gate Chapter Leadership
November 2011 Calendar

The Bridge - November 2011