Experience: The Sale of the Century

Near Miami, Florida stands a nine-story, double-chute tower slide that corkscrews adults and children down 93 feet.   Any guesses on where you could “slide” into line for this ride of a lifetime? Hint: it’s not Disney. A recent New York Times article featured the thriving Aventura Mall, home of the nine-story slide, to headline a story about the dying in-person shopping phenomenon.  Almost in the … Continue reading Experience: The Sale of the Century

Episode 029: Probing the Kalamazoo County Probate Court

The Kalamazoo County Probate Court desires to help their constituents better when they're going through difficult circumstances was hampered by all the paper that drove their processes. In this episode, the staff at the court tell us what life was like before and how different things are for everyone after moving to a digital process. … Continue reading Episode 029: Probing the Kalamazoo County Probate Court

It’s 2020 and Pagers Don’t Text

Initially, this blog was going to be opened by quoting the numerous dry-humored 2020 internet memes floating about, such as “We are not Barbara Walters, but this is 2020,” but we figured that’s too expected of us. You’re welcome.  In all truthfulness, though, it is the year 2020. Sounds like the Jetsons should be flying … Continue reading It’s 2020 and Pagers Don’t Text

3.6 Million Records Flooded: The Houghton County Courthouse Hurt by Washed-Out Paper Storage Methods

Houghton County, a common summer hiatus for many Michiganders, has suffered a not-so-hot summer. Just as the county was closing several of its beaches due to high bacteria levels, the Houghton County Courthouse fell victim to a flood that drenched its more than 3.6 million paper documents. The water infiltrated the storage vault in the … Continue reading 3.6 Million Records Flooded: The Houghton County Courthouse Hurt by Washed-Out Paper Storage Methods

Silver Tsunamis are Coming, and the Times? They’re a Changin’!

By: Katie Pusz, Copywriter, ImageSoft Have you heard of the “silver tsunami”? No, you didn’t miss a weather alert - we’re not talking about a physically destructive storm. But, just as threatening, there is a metaphorical mess that’s brewing across the nation as a flood of state and local government personnel begin to retire. While … Continue reading Silver Tsunamis are Coming, and the Times? They’re a Changin’!

Wine, Cloth, Carpentry and Court Automation

By Jeff Barlow, Justice Consultant, ImageSoft It's pretty intuitive that when it costs less to acquire and run an automated system than to pay people to do the same work it makes financial sense to implement the technology. However, what is a lot less intuitive, but, paradoxically, a lot more true, is that it can … Continue reading Wine, Cloth, Carpentry and Court Automation

The Coming Wave – Preparing for Big Data

For those who aren't sitting around contemplating the nature, trajectory, and implications of Big Data and Deep Learning, know that you are not alone. I'm pretty sure they haven't yet hit the top of the cocktail circuit or social media current topics listings. Which in some respects is interesting; because we are currently becoming immersed … Continue reading The Coming Wave – Preparing for Big Data

In Praise of Tortoises

Jeff is currently on vacation and the eFiling series will resume upon his return with part 2 – Electronic Court Filing Standards. Reading U.S. supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts's 2014 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary I am reminded of an episode from my parenting years involving my youngest daughter. Trying to get her … Continue reading In Praise of Tortoises

Still Want Those Printers? Ask Benjamin the Donkey

"Benjamin the donkey... would say ... that God had given him a tail to keep the flies off, but that he would rather have no tail and no flies." From Animal Farm, by George Orwell A friend complained to me about the succession of problems with her printer. It was when she started telling me … Continue reading Still Want Those Printers? Ask Benjamin the Donkey

Before the Tide Goes Out

As the Great Recession finally starts to recede, one interesting and potentially important dynamic is taking shape in the form of generational shift. During the recession, two things happened to court staffing. On the one hand, many Boomers delayed retirement in the face of substantial losses in their stock-market heavy portfolios, drop in their home … Continue reading Before the Tide Goes Out