A few years back when I would mention that Nextpoint’s products were “cloud-based” web applications, people would give me blank stares, or ask for further explanation.
Now as more and more people are adopting a greater understanding of the Cloud, it has become a popular buzzword in the legal technology space. (It certainly helps that companies like Google, Apple, and Microsoft now have “Cloud” in their products’ names.)
Similarly, when I lead demos and training sessions on Nextpoint’s technology, another buzzword that people don’t truly understand is “mobile-enabled.” By that, I simply mean that they can access Cloud Preservation, Discovery Cloud, and Trial Cloud from their tablets or smart phones. This is a nice selling point of our software, but the ramifications of this didn’t hit home for me personally until a couple weeks ago.
I found myself in a day of meetings at various law firms while I had other work backed up in my queue.
I was working on producing a large set of documents for a client with specific parameters that I had dealt with in the past. So while my colleagues were helpful in covering for me while I was out, there were some nuances that I hadn’t explained to them that I needed to handle. Driving back 30 miles to the office in between meetings was not an option, and even though I could access the data from any computer with an Internet connection, I didn’t know where my nearest Wi-Fi connection might be. However, my iPhone is always connected, so I simply logged into Discovery Cloud, executed the searches I needed to run, Bates stamped the document, and kicked off a production export all from my iPhone. It didn’t hit me until later, while explaining to a co-worker, what a remarkable thing I had been able to do.
When we say our applications are cloud-based and mobile enabled, we’re not just throwing around buzzwords. What is normally a process that must be undertaken by a high-priced vendor, with specialized software, I had done by myself.
Without a locally installed application.
Or even a computer.
From a phone.
Without needing to download an app.
Document production from an iPhone? Now that’s what I call mobility.