All of the buzz surrounding MILOfest over the past few days has me thinking about converts. The conference offers several sessions geared toward recent converts, and that’s no surprise: not only is the Mac movement growing, but the very nature of technology means that people are going to make new discoveries and want to make changes.
In business, though, it’s easy to get locked in to a system simply because that’s what you’ve always used, what your colleagues use and what your (often expensive) software runs on. Making a change can look daunting and professionals may be discouraged from making the switch simply because they don’t have time to sort out all of changes and expenses and data transfers that would be associated with the move.
That, unfortunately, can mean not taking advantage of the best, most efficient technology available. And this can be a vicious circle: when the business needs new software, it’s matched to the old hardware and operating system, creating one more reason it might be difficult or expensive to make a change.
A Solution: Cloud Computing
Fortunately, cloud computing eliminates many of these issues. There’s been a lot of talk—and rightly so—about how cloud computing provides flexibility in location, but I’ve seen little mention of the equally-important flexibility in equipment.
A web-based law practice management platform like TotalAttorneys.com doesn’t discriminate based on your operating system. Simply log in with a secure Internet connection and access your files from any machine.
That means no conflicts if you use a PC in the office and a Mac at home. It means that you can access a client file from your PC laptop connection just as easily as you can through your iPhone app. It even means that you can work on a Mac while your partner works on a PC.
With cloud computing, attorneys and other professionals will be freer than ever to “convert” without replicating software costs and interrupting the flow of business.