Are Web Apps a Better Bargain than a Private Cloud?

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:

Web Apps

About the Author: Dennis Dimka
Dennis Dimka is the CEO and founder of Uptime Legal Systems, North America's leading provider of technology, cloud and marketing services to law firms. Dennis is the author of Law Practice as a Service: How and Why to Move Your Law Firm to the Cloud, and was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2016. Follow Dennis on LinkedIn.

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