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Online Legal Practice Management Software Predictions for 2009

We’re very honored to be have an article, Online Legal Practice Management Software Predictions for 2009, published in the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s E-Zine, Law Practice Today! We guest-wrote a column, “The Legal Mac”, so a big thanks to the regular author, Ben Stevens, is in order. Here’s a brief excerpt:

Innovations in the use and development of online software have created new opportunities for law firms, and can present cost-effective methods for adoption.

The year 2008 was a transformational one for legal practice management. After years of minimal new product development, the field broke wide open with the arrival of an exciting new option: Online, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for law firms.

For some time now, SaaS has been successfully applied to sales force automation, HR and payroll, project management, and other mission critical businesses. The legal industry, traditionally slow to adopt technology, was ready for this new option for several reasons. For one, new web technologies, commonly labeled Web 2.0, now allow for a desktop-like experience over a web browser. Also, day-to-day exposure to web applications has become a common and accepted practice, whether via Social Media sites like Facebook or through online banking. And, an increasingly mobile workforce is looking for ways to connect from any location, from any type of computer.

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