Innovation in Slow Moving Industries with Andrew Watts
Episode 2824th September 2020 • Innovation and the Digital Enterprise • DragonSpears
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The law is as old as civilization. But the legal industry has been very slow to adapt to digitalization. Relativity, a SaaS eDiscovery platform, is looking to change that. Andrew Watts is the CIO of Relativity and joined Patrick and Shelli this week for a discussion on the digitization of law documents and tools.

Andrew talked about how the industry is adapting, why it’s so important for lawyers and firms to get on the cloud, and what Relativity is doing to be employee focused in an age where everyone is working remote. Tune in for his insights.

  • (01:25) - What is Relativity?
  • (05:29) - The legal industry of the future
  • (10:49) - New-hire integration
  • (15:35) - Seeing value in technology
  • (19:11) - The complex world of e-discovery
  • (21:50) - Cloud-enabled growth
  • (26:56) - Critical visionary elements
  • (33:07) - Keeping everybody on the same page
  • (36:05) - Talent first
  • (40:11) - Urban hiking


Andrew Watts is an experienced IT leader and currently serves as the Chief Information Officer at Relativity. As CIO, Andrew provides leadership in building and supporting Relativity’s information technology along with governance and compliance processes.

Andrew has more than 20 years of experience in IT. Prior to joining Relativity in 2016, he served as the director of IT at Morningstar, an investment research and management firm. At Morningstar, he oversaw a 200-person IT department, lead the information technology aspects of 30 acquisitions and two divestitures, and implemented both major system enhancements and significant technology and security improvements. 

Before moving to Chicago, Andrew held several IT positions in Australia, his home country.  Andrew holds a computer science degree from the University of Technology Sydney.

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