PracticeEvolve Group incorporating SOS and Linetime, have announced a “Pathway to the Cloud” strategy available to all law firms globally, ultimately leading to a fully browser-based cloud solution called EvolveCloud.
The approach will see PracticeEvolve initially offer cloud hosting options for their existing SOS, Linetime and PracticeEvolve desktop applications, as a stepping stone to a fully native, browser-based, Cloud solution.
David Boland, Global CEO of PracticeEvolve Group, says uncompromising native Cloud software is fast becoming a realistic option for firms, “Our firms have become increasingly savvy in terms of technology, and that has accelerated during Covid. They are looking at the future and are now seeing how Cloud can empower them to adapt to evolving opportunities and work practices. Firms have recognised buying into a provider for the future is imperative to level up their own businesses and their expectation, now, is for native fully Cloud-based software.”
“Over the last three years, we have been optimising our existing technology for Cloud, while at the same time developing a completely new native Cloud solution that will shape how law firms think when selecting software for the future, this is what we call pathway to the Cloud”
David highlights how firms have already identified the need to be better connected, “Suggesting the events of the last year have led to heightened demand is somewhat disingenuous to firms, in my opinion. Firms were already considering how the world was changing before 2020. They have already identified how they need to be better connected with clients, with their staff and with software.
David continues to outline the approach will be stepped in line with worldwide technology developments which are already driving demand, “This is especially true when we consider the impact global developments such as 5G will have on us all. 5G is expected to relieve businesses of the financial burden of deployment and maintenance of hardware-based infrastructure by shifting to a Cloud environment. In parallel, we are seeing a growing workforce who have grown up using apps and browsers, and they expect flexibility in the software and the ability to work whenever and wherever they are.”
“As a legal technology provider, we are taking responsibility to deliver native Cloud software and apps to deliver on those needs for the future of law firms. But in parallel we’re ensuring that our products created prior to mainstream adoption of Cloud are fully optimised to take advantage of what Cloud has to offer, particularly location independence and mobility.”
Matt Fiske-Jackson, head of Cloud Sales at PracticeEvolve adds, “As is my role, I’m constantly talking with firms who have made it clear a Cloud solution is needed. Often, practice management systems are the last software requiring a server and I am seeing the fast-growing demands of firms wanting to take steps into the Cloud. Of course, we will continue to develop the roadmap for our desktop applications across SOS, Linetime and PracticeEvolve but our native, fully Cloud based solution – EvolveCloud – will be in high demand from firms of all sizes because we have designed the solution for the Cloud rather than adapting it for the Cloud.”