“It’s time to upgrade.”
Few other phrases are so fraught with peril, so steeped in emotional baggage, or instill fear in the heart of the courageous. It starts arguments and divides law firms into warring camps. Perhaps only the threat of losing your Blackberry is more sinister.
So someone in your firm wants to upgrade, but why? Is it borne out of necessity, or—worse yet—the response to a slick sales pitch or the fetish of a technology-dabbling partner. No matter how smoothly an upgrade is performed, the process is inherently disruptive to users who are comfortable and productive with their current tools. There will be some downtime and loss of productivity, plus increased strain on your help desk. To justify any upgrade, whether hardware or software, there must be truly compelling benefits such as compatibility, stability, expiring vendor support, or business reasons backed by real ROI and productivity enhancements.
So Why Are We Doing This?
In a perfect world, the decision to
upgrade technology in a law firm would be a dispassionate, well-reasoned decision that carefully weighed all the options and systematically evaluated costs vis-à-vis the benefits. But really it’s like this: the “techie” partner attended a sales demonstration and is convinced that an upgrade is absolutely vital to the firm for reasons that can’t quite be fully expressed; or a few partners claim that the network is slow and complain to the IT Director, Firm Administrator, and Managing Partner until they cave.
In light of these scenarios, here are four objective criteria to determine whether it is time to upgrade:
business needs warrant it; to become compatible with clients or other businesses; stability issues; and/or upgrades forced by software product lifecycles.
Unfortunately, only half of these reasons may result from circumstances under your firm’s control. Trends in corporate or legal information technology, or worse yet, a large software maker decides they...
|SAGE Partners Up with Workshare, Interwoven, Softwise & WORLDOX|
|From the OnSight HelpDesk|
|Overheard on "The Filter"|
|SAGE OnSight, our package of personal and remote network management services, provides proactive maintenance, faster response, and 24/7 attention to your network. OnSight remotely monitors, manages, and inventories your firm's servers and workstations around the clock, backed by experienced and expert SAGE Engineers.|
In the past several months, SAGE has bolstered our integration partnerships with class-leading legal technology providers. These partnerships meet our high standards for providing real benefit to law firms through integrating with existing processes and generating substantial productivity enhancements. When it comes to the design, integration, training, and implementation of these products, SAGE’s signature top-flight service is at your disposal.
Our current list of integration partners includes:
SAGE can install and configure these applications, as well as integrate it with your current systems such as MS Outlook, CRM applications, and others. SAGE adds value in custom development and additional functionality targeted precisely to your firm. When it comes to getting your people using these applications to their potential, SAGE can provide top-flight training and support.
Although SAGE has partnered with these industry leaders, rest assured that our founding and operating principals of putting the client first will not be compromised. We have always prided ourselves at SAGE
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