Moving PCLaw to the Cloud – From the Perspective of a Law Firm Advisor.
As an advisor to many law firms throughout the US I’m often asked about moving PCLaw to the Cloud. I work with law firms large and small: from brand new solo startups, to teams of attorneys breaking away from BigLaw to start their own practice, to long-time midsize firms that simply want to modernize their law practice.
One commonality among these different demographics is: Many of them use PCLaw to manage their practice, their billing and their accounting. And it makes sense: Not only has PCLaw been around a long time: Its simplicity yet full-featured nature works for law firms large and small, young and old. PCLaw remains on the shortlist of legal practice management applications that handle a firm’s case management, time tracking, billing and full-fledged accounting.
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But in 2017, law firms want the cloud. They want to be more mobile. They need the enhanced cybersecurity and reliability of the cloud. But: PCLaw is not natively cloud-based, like some of the newer, web-based practice management apps out there (like Rocket Matter, Clio and MyCase). So–can a law firm bring PCLaw to the cloud? How does one do it? What are the PCLaw software or support ramifications?
In this post I’ll answer these questions and more.
PCLaw + Private Cloud – A Match Made in… the Cloud
Can you move your PCLaw software to the Cloud?
Yes you can: With something called a private cloud.
While the term private cloud is a bit subjective, generally speaking: A private cloud is a completely hosted IT platform that performs all of the functions (and more) that your old, on-site server does now. A private cloud will host all of the software your firm uses to operate: from PCLaw, to the Office Suite, to Adobe Acrobat and more. Many private clouds will also host your folders and files (IE: your “G: drive”) and may include other technology essentials, such as email hosting and general IT support.
With a private cloud, each user in your law firm logs into a virtual desktop, where they then access PCLaw, other software, documents and email.
- Related: Virtual Desktops for Law Firms
Benefits of Moving PCLaw to the Cloud
Now that you have a basic understanding of the platform that can host your PCLaw (and the rest of your firm’s technology), the question becomes: should you move PCLaw to the Cloud?
The answer is: probably.
- Here are some key benefits of moving your PCLaw to the Cloud:
- Access your PCLaw, and the rest of your software, documents and email, form anywhere.
- Become device agnostic: Work just as easily from a Mac, a tablet, a Chromebook as you do a Windows computer.
- Support (including software updates) for PCLaw are included*
- Get rid of those pesky severs–and the cost and headaches that come with them.
- Give everyone in your firm, even satellite offices and work-from-home staff, the same access and experience.
- Avoid the downtime and general technology challenges that come part-and-parcel with a local server.
- Switch from the financial ups-and-downs of owning servers to predictable monthly spend.
*With a legal-focused, PCLaw-centric private cloud provider.