TrialWorks in the Cloud – 8 Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers!)
At Uptime Legal, we have two main goals: to help law firms have access to their programs, data, and files when they need it and to help law firms make educated decisions about technology that will improve firm operation. One program that many litigation-based law firms rely on to manage their matters is TrialWorks. TrialWorks is a practice management software designed with trial lawyers in mind. Litigation firms love the having the ability to track settlements, manage their documents and trial notebook, SMS message their clients, and the mobile app. In this article we’ll explore using TrialWorks in the Cloud
Many litigation law firms wonder if they must rely solely on the TrialWorks mobile app and an on-premise server or if they can use the program from a cloud.
Sidebar: TrialWorks Mobile App ≠ Cloud
First, I’d like to clarify that moving and running TrialWorks in the cloud is not the same thing as using the TrialWorks mobile app. Both are great solutions, and one doesn’t preclude the other.
In order for your law firm to use the TrialWorks mobile app, it must be installed to a server or a cloud that meets the specifications as mentioned on the TrialWorks website:
- Windows Server 2008 R2/20012/ 2016; Windows 7 Pro or Windows 7 Ultimate; Windows 8 Pro; Windows 10 Pro;
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Extended;
- SQL 2008/2012/2014 Express R2;
- IIS 6 or later with ASP.net;
- Active Directory user TWAPP;
- Static public IP with HTTP/HTTPS;
- Web server joined to the same Active Directory Domain as SQL server
So, the question about whether TrialWorks can be ran on a cloud or whether a law firm can rely solely on the mobile app becomes: can TrialWorks run from a cloud?
A private cloud is a fully hosted and managed IT platform that can host TrialWorks (the workstation version, the mobile app, or both) and all of the other programs, data, documents, and email relied upon to operate. It also eliminates the need (and on-going expense and the headache) for an on-premise server. If you choose the right private cloud, your law firm will also experience better data security and less downtime.
In this post, we’re going to answer the most frequently asked questions associated with TrialWorks in the cloud. After reading this post, if you have any other questions, let us know! We’re happy to answer them for you.
1. Is It Possible to Run TrialWorks in the Cloud?
The short answer is yes. Litigation law firms can run their TrialWorks in the cloud rather than on their own, on-premise servers (which must be maintained, supported and ultimetaely replaced).
The longer answer is still yes, but also requires either having a cloud built for you (which will require several expenses such as renting server space, paying to have the right frameworks installed, and possibly paying even more if you want someone to manage it for you) or using a private cloud.
Which brings me to:
2. What Is a Private Cloud?
As mentioned above, a private cloud takes the place of your on-premise server. Unlike other cloud options as we mentioned in the answer to the previous question, a private cloud is fully hosted and managed on your behalf. It is designed specifically to host TrialWorks as well as all of the other programs your law firm relies on. It can also be used to host the firm’s email, all of the firm’s documents, the firm’s data, and the folders.
Essentially, it is a server that isn’t kept at your law firm and that comes with full IT support and management.