When most people think of the term “Holistic” the image of stepping into a small shop, with Tibetan OM music playing in the background and the scent of incense strong in the air, as you peruse numerous apothecaries looking for remedies that will fix what ails you or aids in the performance of both spirit and mind. Holistic thinking is characterized by a comprehension of the parts of something and its intimate interconnection to the whole. In medicine this means when treating the whole person (or the system) many things into account including social and mental instead of just the physical symptoms of an issues.
A recent article by Robert Ambrogi touches on this subject in the May edition of Above the Law. Bob explains that while moderating a panel recently on the topic of Holistic Approaches to Litigation technology, he realized that tech. companies AND lawyers many times fail to apply the holistic ideology when considering how certain products will fit into the work lawyers preform as a whole. Bob goes on to present an example where different vendors showed how in a simulation involving filing a memorandum, their products could integrate and flow with each other during the process as they filled different tasks. Bob states lawyers as consumers “….are more likely to consider and evaluate software as a standalone product, based on the task for which it was designed. Lawyers are less likely to consider how that product fits into their broader workflow or with other technologies used in that workflow” with this thought process running rampant throughout the legal industry, Legal tech companies are taking it upon themselves to create a shift in thinking and facilitate a more holistic view in their approach to technology and help Attorneys see the benefits of integration through better connect workflows and interfacings that shares commonalities. This idea of a Holistic approach is not a new one as LawBase has been known for this approach for over 36 years. A holistic approach means that rather than creating software for the “Body” and making the body figure out how to integrate it into its already working functions, we choosing to look at how the body is functioning and how the body desires to function, from there software is design to configure and work within the whole. With the improvement and prevalent shifts to cloud storage and computing, integration has become a simpler and more common task, as products with different functionally are able to seamless integrate. More companies are creating software with this philosophy in mind, and as a client it is important to look at those that have a solid track record of practicing and executing these views, because when it comes to “Holistic” tech. comprehension of the whole is essential and introducing a part that learns to work with the body to improve function is more efficient than forcing the whole body to change for the sake of one part.