Lawyers represent a mobile workforce. In court rooms, clients’ offices or stuck in traffic, they ought to be able to work on the go and practices wanting to maximise their productivity will use technology to empower them to do so.
iPads and smartphones are the basic tools lawyers and fee earners are offered to work outside the office as the ‘mobile’ continues to reshape the way law firms are run and operate.
Mobile initiatives can raise staff productivity only if the devices used are loaded with the right software. We know how frustrating it can be not being able to access information whenever and wherever you need it that is why we’ve made our DPS case management system compatible with Android and Apple devices. This allows you to update a case, check the progress of a matter or send an email on the go provided that there is an Internet connection available. As a practice manager, you can delegate work, monitor targets and the activity of your fee earners remotely, without being physically present in the office or calling your secretary.
If you’re still sceptical about accessing your case files on mobile devices, here are a few benefits presented by technology publication CIO in one of their recent articles that could convince you to consider these two technologies.
1) Accelerate your strategy. According to the article mentioned above, there’s no time for a “prolonged academic exercise”. Law firms must be nimble and technology-savvy to survive the increasing pressures they have to face. By connecting the right data to the right persons and updating information at all times, you will be able to make better informed decisions and respond to the changes in your environment quicker than before.
2) Convergence. Legal practice management software allows you to access all your data from one single system. All the information about a certain case or a matter is automatically collated so you can have a holistic view of the costs, amount of work and revenue associated with it.
3) Show, don’t tell. With all the data at your fingertips you can show clients and fee earners the work done on a matter, the progress of a case, the documents and emails associated with it and all the other information collected in your case management system. Our product can be specifically tailored to your law practice so you can get the applications and the data relevant to you.
4) The mobile puts you in control. They say knowledge is power. By being able to access the right information at the right time in the right place you can be in the know when it really matters (i.e. when talking to a client or reporting to a partner, for example). But for your data and information to turn into actionable knowledge, it needs to be organised and processed in a logical manner which is what legal software helps you to do.
The signs are clear- notes the CIO quoting the results of a recent study by Deloitte Consulting- 25 billion Apple and Google Play downloads- the mobile revolution is upon us. The Internet trends research conducted by Mary Meeker seems to support this idea, showing that during 2012, 13% of all Internet traffic came from mobile devices. Law firms that grasp the potential of mobile technology will be able to enhance efficiency, deliver a superior customer experience, decrease costs and be one step ahead of those that don’t. So make sure you don’t lag behind.
“Ultimately, success is when technology supports the way we inherently do our jobs, so we need to figure out how to tie mobile back to our fundamental business processes.” says Larry Quinlan, global CIO for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. You don’t have to change your business to fit the way a piece of technology works; it should be the other way round. The PC and mobile version of DPS Software enables you to keep your current business practices while streamlining and improving the way you run your law practice.
Interested in seeing how our system could help you work remotely? Request a FREE, no-obligation consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you.