Managing your Practice in the Cloud (page 1 of 8)
Harnessing the Power of the Internet
for Your Practice
Washington State Bar Association
December 14, 2010 last revision March
Arita B. Sims, Technology Consultant
and President of A.B. Sims Consulting, Seattle
Cloud computing is an exciting new
technology finding its way into law firms. This article explores the
potential this technology has for managing your practice. Here I will
define cloud computing and practice management, describe the benefits
and challenges of managing your practice in the cloud, describe some
popular cloud-based legal practice management products, and present some
testimonials from your peers.
Cloud computing is
computing, whereby shared
resources, software and information are provided to computers and other
devices on-demand, like the
Cloud computing is simply a set of pooled
computing resources and services delivered over the web. When you
diagram the relationships between all the elements it resembles a cloud.
– IDX Media
Any service or software that you access
via the web. Cloud computing is a new name for SaaS (Software as a
Service), ASP (Applications Service Provider) or Network Computing.
"You load your software into the cloud…"
– John Tredennick, President, Catalyst Systems
Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering
hosted services over the Internet. These services are broadly divided
into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS),
Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).
This article is concerned with SaaS as it pertains to Cloud-based
delivery of legal practice management solutions.