With the festive period upon us and 2011 nearing its inevitable gluttonous end most of us are probably wondering where the last 12 months went. This is certainly the case at DPS where the past year has been so packed with developments in our software, the launch of our DPSCloud hosted IT solution and the continued growth of our client base that at times it has felt difficult to draw breath. And as for the wind down towards Christmas, well what wind down? A quick perusal of the shared diaries shows this week has been just as busy for everyone at DPS as the 51 that have preceded it.
So, what’s been keeping us busy then this year?
Continuing development of Outlook Office
Our market-leading Outlook Office case management system has been making its usual good impression during the hundreds of new business demonstrations we have given this year as well as at the numerous exhibitions and shows we have attended. While development at many of our competitors seems to have slowed, at least according to the legal professionals using various CMSs that we have met through the year, our programmers and developers have been hard at work keeping Outlook Office on the cutting edge of legal technology. Whether it’s through new features such as PDF document bundling and the new My Matters feature or mission-critical functionalities like in-built risk analysis, Outlook Office is now more powerful than ever.
The dawn of DPSCloud:
September saw the official launch of DPSCloud, our unique full-service managed IT solution designed specifically for law firms. At DPS we’ve been providing hosted services from our own head office data centre for eight years but 2011 saw DPSCloud launched as a fully-managed solution which offers firms a way to meet both hosted infrastructure and software requirements through a single strategic supplier relationship.
A few months down the line and interest from firms following our launch road show in the Autumn has been huge. With more than 30 firms of various size and profile going live on a DPSCloud solution this year – from 4 user employment specialists through to a 140 user multi-discipline regional firm – year on year uptake has increased yet again. This a sure sign the solution and the supporting expertise we’ve developed at DPS is in high demand amongst legal firms and it’s unlikely this is an anomaly for 2011 rather than a continuing trend.
Now let’s turn to the year ahead. Nostradamus made some pretty grim predictions for 2012 but at DPS we’re going to back the other horse and predict a year absent of any apocalyptic event but full of more exciting times for DPS. We’re looking towards a New Year of growth, innovation and continued successful strategic relationships with our growing client base and there’s many reasons why we believe this will be the case
2012: The year of the Legal Cloud?
As we’ve already mentioned, the 2011 launch of DPSCloud has generated massive interest and our hosted solutions have seen an exponential growth in uptake over the past eight years. Cloud and hosted IT have been buzz topics amongst legal IT commentators for several years now but this revolution has not really displaced on-premise IT at the majority of law firms as of yet. However the steady increase in the number of firms on a DPSCloud platform, unable to ignore the numerous operational and cost benefits, may suggest we’re at a tipping point. Could 2012 be the true breakout year for cloud computing at law firms? If it proves to be so then we have a busy year ahead as DPSCloud leads the market as a private cloud solution for law firms. You can find out more about DPSCloud at www.dpscloud.com.
Brand new DPS Cashier legal accounts package:
2011 has seen huge development resources channelled into our Cashier legal accounts package and a significant revamp of the system. The new package has been developed alongside many of our clients with the needs of the user in mind. It is this user-focus that has resulted in an eminently usable and powerful system which lead one DPS client to comment:
“DPS have really listened to their clients and provided a solution that functions in all accounting areas. It works, looks great and is user friendly too. Believe me, it’s difficult to tick all three boxes but DPS have done it.” Prashant Joshi, Finance Director, JPC Law
A comprehensive new Private Client module
Over the past decade our Probate case management software has been developed into a module that provides a hugely efficient automated way for private client practitioners to work their case files. However, specialist workflows for many other aspects of private client work have not just been unavailable from DPS but from just about every legal software supplier on the UK market. This will all change in 2012 though with the introduction of DPS Private Client.
As well as our innovative Probate application and a comprehensive Will-writing module, the package will also include workflows for areas of work including: Power of Attorney & Enduring Power of Attorney; Trusts (including PI as well as general trusts); and Court of Protection applications. It’s a comprehensive application that all practitioners in this area of legal work should see so make sure you book a demonstration in 2012.
So, enough to be keeping us busy for the next 12 months then and plenty of reasons why legal firms will continue to look to DPS as a progressive legal technology supplier and a partner more than capable of assisting them to achieve their goals in an increasingly competitive legal market.
A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year from DPS Software and we look forward to seeing you in 2012. You can find out where to catch us in the New Year on the events page.
Added By: DPS Software | Date Added: 23rd Dec 2011