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Abacus Private Cloud: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, September 11, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a virtual desktop and network service that eliminates the need for you to buy and maintain server hardware (see article below), active noise canceling headphones, an Outlook add-on that analyzes your email messages for grammar and style and makes suggestions, and a legal research service. Don't miss the next issue.

TAKE A PERMANENT VACATION FROM MANAGING TECHNOLOGY

Some people who claim to take a vacation cook their own meals. This isn't a vacation. It's called camping (even when it occurs in a city). Most vacationers are not among the world's most talented cooks. Indeed, many people plan their restaurant itinerary as carefully as their other vacation activities. Nowadays, technology shares similarities with vacations. Some law firms still want to manage everything onsite, but most would prefer to let experts handle the "cooking" via the cloud — if only they could find the right "restaurant."

Abacus Private Cloud … in One Sentence

Launched this week, Abacus Data Systems' Abacus Private Cloud (APC) is a secure virtual desktop and network service on which you can run any software you want.

The Killer Feature

Law firms love the idea of outsourcing their IT infrastructure, but have concerns about security and functionality. Abacus Data Systems CEO Alessandra Lezama spent most of her career managing datacenters. She tells us that most online applications use the so-called public cloud. Your firm's confidential client data might reside on the same server as a videogame in a country with an unstable government.

APC resides in datacenters owned and operated by Abacus Data Systems in the United States. Furthermore, although the company offers a practice management system called AbacusLaw, APC is software agnostic. This means you can use whatever products you want while still reaping the benefits of the cloud.

Here's the deal. APC works on any Internet-connected device — Mac, PC, iPad, and smartphone. After logging in, a virtual desktop takes over your screen. From here you run the software you've asked Abacus Data Systems to install — QuickBooks, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, etc. You can also use any web browser to run cloud applications such as Clio and WestlawNext. APC offers deep integration for AbacusLaw and Office 365.

"Piecemeal technology is no longer sufficient to remain competitive in today's legal landscape," says Lezama. "APC can take any local IT infrastructure and desktop software environment and weave it into a fully integrated, virtual workplace accessible remotely from any device anywhere, anytime."

Other Notable Features

In addition to a virtual desktop, APC provides you with a virtual network comprised of SSD drives. You won't need a file server anymore. You share documents with colleagues using the Corporate Drive (a User Drive exists for your personal documents). You can scan to and print from these virtual drives, which save every version of your documents.

APC requires no capital investment. Abacus Data Systems takes care of the entire deployment, including 24/7 monitoring and technical support, antivirus protection, backups, maintenance, security updates, software upgrades, etc.

The datacenters that house APC have five tiers of physical, network, and data security. This has earned APC the SOC2/SSAE16 certification. Abacus Data Systems guarantees 99.999% uptime — the highest possible. Your data, which you can retrieve anytime, has its own dedicated IP address.

What Else Should You Know?

You can tailor APC to meet your firm's specific requirements. You can scale your use of computing resources up or down quickly to adjust to the needs of your law firm. Pricing starts at $165 per month with no long-term contract required. Learn more about Abacus Private Cloud.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
So many products, so little time. In each issue of TL NewsWire, you'll learn about five new products for the legal profession. Pressed for time? The newsletter's innovative articles enable lawyers and law office administrators to quickly understand the function of a product, and zero in on its most important features. The TL NewsWire newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Consultants/Services/Training | Networking/Operating Systems | Online/Cloud | TL NewsWire

The New iPhone Plus 68 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, September 8, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 68 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

You're Reacting to Celebgate Wrong

iPhone and iPad Apps for Lawyers (Podcast)

In Defense of Ridiculously Large Smartwatches

Cloud Computing for Lawyers

Congratulations to Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: The New iPhone (Maybe)

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The Best New Laptops of the Year Plus 58 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, September 1, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 59 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

The Best Options for Cloud Storage

Nine iPhone Typing Shortcuts

Your Personalized Apple Customer-Support Site

In Defense of Tablets

Congratulations to Ian Paul of PCWorld on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: The Best New Laptops of the Year (So Far)

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Lexbe eDiscovery Platform: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers cloud ediscovery software with new near-duplicate document processing technology (see article below), a new twist on cable management, legal proofreading software that you can train, and an iOS app for creating time-lapse videos. Don't miss the next issue.

GROUP "LIKE" DISCOVERY DOCUMENTS TO EXPEDITE YOUR REVIEW

If you're like most lawyers, the documents you create go through multiple rounds of drafts. And you probably have email conversations with threads that would kill a few trees if printed. You're not the only the one who generates these so-called "near duplicates." Documents nearly but not exactly the same have become an expensive problem in ediscovery.

Lexbe eDiscovery Platform … in One Sentence

Launched this week, Lexbe eDiscovery Platform, a cloud application for processing, culling, reviewing and producing electronically stored information (ESI), now includes near duplicate grouping technology called NearDup Groupings+.

The Killer Feature

NearDup Groupings+ takes advantage of specialized servers in Lexbe's datacenter, enabling it to scale to handle cases of any size. It "runs quickly" according to the company, giving it a speed advantage over on-premise software running on a single PC or even a small cluster.

NearDup Groupings+ also speeds up the review process while minimizing risks. Grouping similar documents in a collection of ESI facilitates accelerated batch issue coding. Of course, NearDup Groupings+ doesn't only group similar responsive documents, but also similar privileged documents. This makes it less likely you'll inadvertently disclose such documents, a growing problem thanks to the volume of email, attachments, and other ESI even in small cases.

Speaking of email, it has long posed a challenge for near-duplication software not to mention mighty Gmail. Conversations involving some of the same people but on different topics often mistakenly get grouped together. NearDup Grouping+ looks beyond the sender, recipients, and subject line to group email messages more intelligently — like a human being. With more confidence in the near duplicate groupings, you can review email threads more quickly.

Other Notable Features

Lexbe eDiscovery Platform supports documents in their native format and Outlook PST files. You can also load documents in PDF or TIFF formats; it automatically processes and performs OCR on scanned documents. Bates stamping can occur at the document level for native files and on each page for PDF and TIFF files, providing for flexible review and productions.

A Google-like search interface facilitates Boolean keyword searches. Lexbe eDiscovery Platform also features more advanced tools such as concept, stemming (derivatives of root words), and fuzzy searches. Saved searches automatically include newly added documents. You'll find a standard set of issue tags, but you can also create your own custom tags.

Administrative controls enable you to automatically assign documents to reviewers for "load-balanced" reviews. Review progress reporting helps you stay on top of staffing and production deadlines. Lexbe eDiscovery Platform produces documents in whatever format you agree upon with opposing counsel (e.g., Native, PDF, or TIFF load files).

What Else Should You Know?

Lexbe eDiscovery Platform costs $22 per GB per month regardless of the number of cases and users (discounts exist for customers with large cases and/or many accounts). This price includes NearDup Groupings+. However, the latter is also available as a standalone service. When used in this manner, Lexbe delivers near duplicate load files for other popular document review products. Learn more about Lexbe eDiscovery Platform.

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Review of Pertino Plus Five Google+ Local Tips

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Once upon a time, even solo practices had a file server. Then the cloud arrived. Law firms eschewed buying a "headless" computer given the much lower cost of Dropbox. But law firms eventually realized that Dropbox is essentially a glorified floppy drive. In this issue of Smalllaw, New Jersey lawyer Ed Zohn reviews Pertino. This hosted virtual private network service aims to combine the low cost of Dropbox with the advantages of a file server. Ed lays down the law on whether Pertino succeeds at this balancing act. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for five overlooked ranking factors for Google+ Local.

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Small firm, big dreams. Written by practicing lawyers who manage successful small firms and legal technology and practice management experts who have achieved rock star status, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in small law firms, as well as comprehensive legal product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles (and podcasts and videos) about solo practices and small law firms. The SmallLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Networking/Operating Systems | Online/Cloud | Privacy/Security | SmallLaw

How to Sync Any Folder to the Cloud Plus 56 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, August 18, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 57 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

Google Apps v. Office 365

Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

The Best Podcast App (Video)

Humans Need Not Apply (Video)

Congratulations to Chris Hoffman of How-To Geek on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Sync Any Folder to the Cloud

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Topics: Backup/Media/Storage | BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems | Online/Cloud | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

How to Spend $25 Million on Document Management Software Plus 62 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 63 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

10 Tips for Better Slide Decks (Video)

Review: Hours

Lawyer John Voorhees' Sweet Setup

One Month Living on Soylent

Congratulations to Erik Mazzone of Law Practice Matters on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Spend $25 Million on Document Management Software

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Review of MyCase Plus New Research on Improving Your Website

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Created by lawyers, MyCase has established itself as one of the major cloud practice management systems. In this issue of SmallLaw, lawyer and software connoisseur Chandra Lewnau evaluates MyCase from the perspective of both a power user like her and a newbie like several of her colleagues. The result is the definitive MyCase review, touching on virtually every feature from importing data to user experience to calendars and contacts to tasks and workflows, and much more. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for new research on how to improve the performance of your law firm's website.

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Small firm, big dreams. Written by practicing lawyers who manage successful small firms and legal technology and practice management experts who have achieved rock star status, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in small law firms, as well as comprehensive legal product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles (and podcasts and videos) about solo practices and small law firms. The SmallLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Coming Attractions | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | SmallLaw

Reviews of WordPress, BackupBuddy, CompassPoint Legal; Time Matters v. Alternatives; Desktop as a Service

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, July 3, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Philip Franckel, Review: WordPress and BackupBuddy (for Law Firm Websites)

Paul Purdue, Review: CompassPoint Legal (Desktop as a Service)

Bobby Abrams, Review: Time Matters Versus Alternatives

Caren Schwartz, Desktop as a Service Explained (Works on Macs and PCs)

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Networking/Operating Systems | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

RTG Bills/RTG Timer; Document Naming for Perfect Sorting; Using 3-6 Monitors (Plus Neck Ergonomics); Review of dtSearch; Large Firm Practice Management

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, June 26, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Robert Hallem, Corrections About RTG Bills and RTG Timer

Brian Conway, A Document Naming Tip for Perfect Sorting

Jeff Stouse, Tips for Using 3-6 Monitors

Joshua Gordon, Review: dtSearch (File Types)

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

How to Receive TL Answers
Do you believe in the wisdom of crowds? In TL Answers, TechnoLawyer members answer legal technology and practice management questions submitted by their peers. This newsletter's popularity stems from the relevance of the questions and answers to virtually everyone in the legal profession. The TL Answers newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Monitors | Online/Cloud | TL Answers
 
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