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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 27, 2011

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.

Some Definitions of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like the electricity grid.  

-- Wikipedia

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.

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