In recent blogs, we’ve reviewed the benefits that the cloud brings to the practice of law. We’ve compared web-based legal practice management applications to private cloud solutions. We’ve explored how web-based practice management applications lack the robust features of their desktop/server based counterparts.
Today we’ll compare the economics of using web-based legal software to a Private Cloud solution and we’ll answer the question:
Are Web Apps Really Less Expensive than a Private Cloud?
A common (and usually incorrect) assumption is that in the cloud world, web-based legal applications are cheaper than a Private Cloud. While this is an understandable misconception at first glance, examining the total cost of either solution will quickly reveal a different outcome.
What’s often forgotten is that a web application, any web application, only meets a portion of a law firm’s overall software, technology, and practice needs. Law firms must also subscribe to multiple web applications to meet all of their firm needs.
Take a look at the following example: a typical law firm using all web-based solutions may subscribe to the following: