PracticeEvolve Group has 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 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.”
Mr. Boland 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.”
Mr. Boland 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 provide 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.”
Steven Hoyle, Australia and New Zealand CEO at PracticeEvolve adds, “We are constantly speaking with firms who have made it clear a Cloud solution is needed. Often, practice management systems are the last software requiring a server and we are seeing the fast-growing demands of firms wanting to take steps into the Cloud. Of course, we will continue to develop our desktop applications in line with our Cloud strategy, starting by offering firms cloud hosting options, access to mobile applications, and key third-party integrations.”
Mr. Hoyle goes on to point out that there is a gap in the Australian legal market for a true Cloud solution, saying “There are many medium-sized firms who are looking for an out-of-the-box, ready-to-go practice management system that offers all the functional capabilities, cost benefits and accessibility of the Cloud. The demand for cloud software which includes functionality such as automated document creation, legal forms, and mobile apps, will continue to increase. PracticeEvolve is meeting these needs with the introduction of a new, end-to-end Cloud practice management system, EvolveGo, set to launch in Australia by the end of 2021. This solution will serve the mid-tier market in parallel with the development of our native Cloud, browser-based solution, EvolveCloud, which will be in high demand from mid to large tier firms.”