The traditional conception of a law firm IT department may find itself evolving as firms look to engage in data driven analytics to help drive new efficiencies in billing and more informed decision making in general. The “Reimagining IT as a Business Intelligence Asset” session of Legalweek 2020 in New York spent Wednesday afternoon looking at some of the challenges IT personnel may face as they attempt to help their firms get up to speed.

It turns out that the first obstacle may be inexperience. “Law firms are so new at this data space. We haven’t used data a ton for anything really,” said Vedika Mehera, innovation adviser at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.