We Moved PCLaw to the Cloud – This is What We Learned

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.

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.

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.

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. Under Dennis’ leadership, Uptime Legal has grown organically and through acquisitions to become the nationally-recognized legal technology company it is today. Uptime Legal continues to innovate and disrupt the legal technology space, and has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private for the past six consecutive years. Dennis was also an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.

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