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New York Law Journal: ASPs: Proceed With Care

May 30, 2000, 16:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Butler)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"For those of you still wondering what the latest trends are in electronic legal platforms, application service providers (ASP) are the next hot thing. ASPs rent software to users over the Web, and in the legal profession, there are at least a dozen products available. They range from time and billing (www.elite.com), to ligitation support (www.casecentral.com) to case management (www.jdusa.com)"

"The beauty of ASPs is that there is no need to reinvent yourself every year with a new version of your product. Software companies love the application service provider (ASP) business model because it generates recurring income. Legal professionals love the ASP model because of easier maintenance and upgrades, plus universal access to data. With both sides in love with the concept, the rush toward the ASP model is unprecedented."

"But the unasked question is: "What do we need to be thinking about to keep this love affair from becoming a train wreck?" Three issues scream for attention: security, availability, and functionality. How secure is the data? How available is the data? Can a browser-based application have all the functionality of the current generation of Windows applications?"

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