Here’s a podcast worth listening to if you’d like to learn more about the benefits of cloud technology.
Alvin Tedjamulia cofounded NetDocuments in 1998 as the first cloud-based platform for document and email management. In 1998, the ‘cloud’ wasn’t even a thing. But he knew then (and bet big) that software needed to be delivered via the internet.
Security is at the core of NetDocuments, which has been described as a security company that happens to do document management. And it has grown to be one of the leading DMS systems in legal.
But what struck me most was Alvin’s slam-dunk argument for adopting the cloud.
[9.23] “This constant struggle that law firms have to always stay up to date. It’s impossible to keep up with the software releases from the vendor. How do you ensure as a vendor or as a platform that 100% of all of your users are using the same latest software? How do you ensure as a vendor and as a law firm, that all of the law firms are having the same compliance certifications for ISO27001, for GDPR compliance, for SOC2 Plus (the financial institution standard)? How do you inherit it? How do you inherit user interfaces without any effort that everybody gets, how do you inherit hardware security modules, cryptography so that all of your documents get it without having to go through migrations, without having to go through a whole bunch of deployments? So the concept of inheritance that you just don’t have to do anything but subscribe and then you in essence inherit the future. That’s a very powerful cloud value proposition.”
And just to nail it home:
“For me, if you ask what’s the top benefit of the cloud? The real core value is that I as law firm, I as a lawyer, will never have to worry about the future because everything comes to me and it will be inherited without me doing anything. That’s huge.”
Alvin’s view, although comes with bias, also comes with authority: before cofounding NetDocuments, he was a cofounder SoftSolutions in 1989, an early DMS system which was acquired by WordPerfect where he became their CTO. After Novell acquired WordPerfect, he became VP in charge of the Advanced Technology Group. Alvin was also the original chief designer for Comprehensive Law Office, an accounting and time & billing system for Law Firms which is now with Aderant.