SaaS

SaaS Vs Traditional Software

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In a recent article we discussed the American Bar Associations 2011 Legal Technology Survey Report. Within the report it was revealed that when considering SaaS one of the main concerns for lawyers was “not being familiar with the software as a service technology”. As a result this article will seek to review the basics of SaaS and compare it to traditional software.

In order to discuss SaaS we will first review previous articles written on the subject.

1. It is important to note that the area of cloud computing can be divided into 3 areas. Product as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and software as a service (SaaS). Visit our article entitled “Is Cloud Computing Right for you” to read about these different approaches. Alternatively, visit our “3 Approaches to Cloud Computing” video which gives a brief synopsis of the three approaches – in only 39 seconds.

2. In our article entitled “What is SaaS” we discussed the basics of software as a service technology including defining SaaS and examining how SaaS will affect the legal sector.

In order to further examine SaaS, we should consider the difference between SaaS and traditional software. In short, one of the key differences is SaaS is accessed over the internet rather than relying on traditional desktop software or traditional servers. NexFirm have created a point by point comparison which clearly displays some of the differences.

Source: NexFirm

Bundledocs Basics

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Developed by a team with extensive experience within the Legal IT sector, Bundledocs utilises the benefits of cloud computing to help teams easily create court bundles. For any of those new to Bundledocs software, we have created a blog post to detail what bundledocs is and how it can help your firm. So let’s get down to basics!

What does Bundledocs do?

Bundledocs allows you to swiftly and easily compile document bundles for a number of purposes including court bundles, deal bibles and report books.  The bundles are automatically formatted, an index is generated, sections are populated and the completed document is paginated.

How?

Simply logon, create your case, copy the files you want included, organise the order of your files, create sections if needed and then simply generate.  An e-mail inviting you to download your completed pdf e-bundle will be sent to you on completion.  Adding, deleting or modifying now becomes easy.  Simply, make your changes (e.g. you may wish to add files to your bundle), click re-generate and the index, order and page numbers are automatically updated to reflect these changes and again an up-to-date copy is immediately made available to you.

There is no need to install any software.  It is available anywhere (once you have internet access) and at any time.  Pick up your completed e-bundle on your pc, laptop, iPad or even a smart phone.  E-Mail your completed e-bundle to a colleague, third-party or third-parties.  You even have the added option of inviting a third party to “pick up” your generated e-bundle (this is ideal for large e-bundles where e-mail might not be an option). 

Summary

In summary, multiple documents of different types are converted into a single PDF that is fully indexed, ordered (with multiple sections if needed) and the relevant page number superimposed on each page.  Navigation is easy as every document in your bundle is bookmarked.  It is simple to grasp, simple to use, very intuitive and most importantly a huge time saver in any legal office.