Cloud computing seems to be everywhere these days. There's Amazon's cloud service, then Apple's iCloud. And now, for attorneys and law firms, there's a cloud-based litigation organizer trying to create its own niche. Does your firm need conductR?
ConductR is a cloud-based software tool designed with attorneys in mind. They tested and consulted with dozens of firms before releasing the product, according to the company website.
Essentially, conductR is marketing itself as a litigation support management tool. The difference is that unlike more traditional on-site software and hardware, if you use conductR your information will be stored off-site, and the software is based on the software-as-a-service (or SaaS) model.
At first brush, conductR seems to do everything you'd want it to do if you're managing litigation. You can generate reports, track data, set up tasks with due dates, track expenses, create invoices, and track time.
ConductR is designed to handle a variety of different projects, including transcription, word processing, and document review.
And of course, the beauty of having a cloud computing service is that the data and information can be accessed from any device that has an internet connection so long as you have the correct authenticating information like passwords or usernames. ConductR also boasts that the data is stored in a secure location - it's kept at Amazon's EC2 facility and all data is stored on multiple disks, backed up daily, and kept in different locations.
Of course, the convenience of cloud computing - accessibility - is also sometimes one of its drawbacks. No internet? Too bad, your data is stored at some facility miles away.
So, does your firm need a cloud-based litigation organizer like conductR? Maybe, especially if you find yourself floundering in spreadsheets and paper-forms of organizing your litigation. ConductR does offer a free trial for 30 days, and they have multiple pricing and plan options with various amounts of possible users and storage space depending on how heavy your firm's caseload is.
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