The past week saw three excellent articles published on the security, advantages, and viability of online case management software, also known as cloud-based or SaaS software.
Nicole Black, in her insightful Practicing Law in the 21st Century blog, wrote a piece called “Should Lawyers Be Wary of SaaS?”, which resulted in a very lively discussion. Make sure you check out the comments section to see some interesting thoughts. This article then appeared in Sam Glover & Aaron Black’s Lawyerist, with more great comments.
Sam Glover, meanwhile, followed up with a piece of his own titled “Can You Trust Google Apps (And Other Saas)“. Says Sam:
I use Google Apps, and I am not worried about security, privacy, or waiving the attorney-client privilege. Here is why … (click to see why)
And Christopher McKinney, another very bright thinker in the legal technology space, penned “Cloud Computing For Mobile Lawyers“, appearing in Law.com. Here’s Chris’s motivation for using the cloud:
As a trial lawyer who spends as much time out of the office as in, I need secure access to all of my client data on the road. I need to be able to send and receive e-mail, review document drafts, collaborate with clients and counsel, check and update task assignments to my staff, and make court filings from just about anywhere. Oh, and I would like this capability without spending a small fortune on a customized server system or hiring a small army of IT workers. How is this possible? Simple: My firm is in the cloud.