Google powers a large chunk of the cloud and it goes far beyond a simple search box. The Google Apps platform offers a fully-integrated, cloud-based suite of e-mail, calendar, video conferencing, word processing, and Website tools. Theoretically, a law firm could base its entire practice on Google Apps and leave everything else in the dust.
A lawyer may use an e-mail service provider that conducts computer scans of e-mails to generate computer advertising, where the e-mails are not reviewed by or provided to human beings other than the sender and recipient.
Some firms limit their use of cloud technology to online research, but there’s a full slate of services online—from timekeeping and billing, to secure client portals. Check out this list of favorite applications to improve your practice’s productivity.
DirectLaw is a client facing legal document automation solution plus a virtual law office. A secure, cloud-based solution that supports the delivery of on-line legal services.
Homegroups and network file sharing make it easy to access your PCs file from another PC on the same local network, but accessing your PC’s files over the Internet takes a bit more setup.
Cloud computing is one of the biggest technology revolutions in recent history -- so you use it and do so responsibly, according to tech columnist Jeff Bennion.