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Technology Overview Meeting presented by Gary Hyatt from Afinety.

When: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
12:00 PM
Where: Hosted via Zoom
United States
Contact: Cindy Bennett

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Presented by Gary Hyatt from Afinety.


 Office Automation Technology, Then,  Now,  and Tomorrow


History of Office Technology:

During this 60-minute presentation, we will discuss a brief history of office automation.  Where it started, and how we arrived in the place we are today.  From office machinery, to IT infrastructure, to software advances.  We will address the rapidly changing future as well.

We will be discussing the evolution from Computing to Cloud Computing, Cloud based Software applications, and why these formats will be the standard for the foreseeable future.

We will briefly discuss how the internet has changed the practice of law.

We will discuss how all this advanced technology exposes a law firm to security breaches, and how this can be mitigated using security technology that is changing almost daily.

Finally, we will address how all of this comes together in the Covid-19 environment we find ourselves in.


  • A Very Brief History of Office Technology (in the interest of time we will not start with the wheel)
  • Office Machines
    • The Typewriter
    • The Fax
    • The Copy Machine
    • The PC
    • Personal Devices
  • Office Software and its evolution
    • Word Processing
    • Spreadsheets
    • Time & Billing Software
    • Document Management
  • The internet, and its effect on Office Automation
  • Data Security
  • What lies ahead?


Gary Hyatt 

Gary Hyatt has spent over 20 years working exclusively with Law Firms across the country.  During a long career at LexisNexis, he worked with over 400 law firms across the country. He advised clients on software applications, practice management solutions, as well as secrets to growing a practice.


Afinety was established in 1986.


In his 8th year as an Account Executive for Afinety, Inc, he counsels law firms nationwide regarding hardware and software applications.  Partnering with Amazon Web Services for the last 6 years, he has helped design cloud network infrastructures to allow law firm personnel to work from anywhere, at any time, on almost any device.  Obviously, in our current Covid environment, this has proved to be invaluable.


Gary is a Southern California native, living in Huntington Beach.  He has 3 grown children, and 4 grandchildren.  He still enjoys surfing and an active So. Cal. Life!!

Gary Hyatt  |  ghyatt@afinety.,com  |  (949) 677-0978



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CLM® Recertification Credit: 1 hour in the subject area of Operations Management (OM).




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