Advancing Technology for Law Firm Management
ProVantage Software, Inc (PSI) is pleased to announce that our software is now offered in the Cloud. PSI has been in the business of helping our clients with their Time & Billing, full Accounting and Business Intelligence for over 30 years. While you can still host your database and application on your own server, you also now have the option to have it hosted on an external Cloud server. There are many benefits to this type of platform, as highlighted below.
Increase Reliability and Cut Costs
Users of ProVantage cloud technology experience peace of mind knowing their information is securely managed and stored. ProVantage partners with Microsoft Azure, one of the largest cloud platform providers, to ensure all data entered into Provantage is protected against unauthorized users. Continuous testing is performed by our in-house IT experts, in addition to Microsoft’s Security and Health resources.
ProVantage cloud users never have to worry about losing their data in the event of an emergency. Built upon a strong Business Continuity model, ProVantage cloud technology eliminates the potential risks that can occur with a traditional server crash. Providing a reliable and scalable solution to ensure firm and client data is protected from loss.
Benefits of the Cloud
1. Efficiency / cost reduction
By using cloud infrastructure, you don’t have to spend large amounts of money on purchasing and maintaining equipment. You don’t have to invest in hardware, facilities, utilities, or building out a large data center to grow your business. This drastically reduces Capital Expenditure costs. Firms can enjoy the expertise of your Cloud Software staff.
Cloud also reduces costs related to downtime. Since downtime is rare in cloud systems, this means you don’t have to spend time and money on fixing potential issues related to downtime.
2. Data security
One of the major concerns of every business, regardless of size and industry, is the security of its data. Data breaches and other cybercrimes can devastate a company’s revenue, customer loyalty and brand positioning.
Cloud services offers many advanced security features that guarantee that data is securely stored and handled.
Cloud storage providers implement baseline protections for their platforms and the data they process, such authentication, access control, and encryption. From there, most enterprises supplement these protections with added security measures of their own to bolster cloud data protection and tighten access to sensitive information in the cloud.
Different companies have different IT needs. Using the Cloud is a great solution because it enables Firms to efficiently — and quickly — scale up/down their IT departments, according to business demands.
Cloud based solutions are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your business demands increase, you can easily increase your cloud capacity without having to invest in physical infrastructure. This level of agility can give businesses using cloud computing a real advantage over competitors.
Cloud computing allows mobile access to corporate data via smartphones and devices, which is a great way to ensure that no one is ever left out of the loop. Staff with busy schedules, or who live a long way away from the corporate office, can use this feature to keep instantly up-to-date with clients and coworkers.
Resources in the cloud can be easily stored, retrieved, recovered, or processed with just a couple of clicks. Users can get access to their work on-the-go, 24/7, via any devices of their choice, in any corner of the world as long as you stay connected to the internet. On top of that, all the upgrades and updates are done automatically, off-sight by the service providers. This saves time and team effort in maintaining the systems, tremendously reducing the IT team workloads.
5. Disaster recovery
Data loss is a major concern for all organizations, along with data security. Storing your data in the cloud guarantees that data is always available, even if your equipment like laptops, PCs or servers are damaged. Cloud-based services provide quick data recovery for all kinds of emergency scenarios — from natural disasters to power outages.
Cloud infrastructure can also help you with loss prevention. If you rely on traditional on-premises approach, all your data will be stored locally, on office computers. Despite your best efforts, computers can malfunction for various reasons — from malware and viruses, to age-related hardware deterioration, to simple user error.
But, if you upload your data to the cloud, it remains accessible from any computer with an internet connection, even if something happens to your work computer.
6. Cross-Platform Access
Applications in the cloud are mainly accessed via the internet. It doesn’t matter which type of computer (Mac, Windows) the company has, as long as they have an internet browser, and internet connection, users can access the applications from the cloud.
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