By now we can probably all agree that the cloud is not a mysterious and scary thing. We've bought into the idea that "anytime, anywhere" access to files and other stuff is, indeed, a pretty cool thing—and key to running a smart practice. After all, we're banking online, sharing photo albums and video accounts, and syncing our contact lists and calendars in the public cloud all the time. But while dropping a bit of data into Dropbox seems simple enough, trusting the meat-and-potatoes of your practice to the cloud—matters, client data, invoices—can cause an understandable increase in anxiety. Although we may "get" the cloud, we're just not so sure how much of our business we want to put there. Or where to start. Enter Nerino Petro, Diane Ebersole and Bryan Sims, who recently helped demystify cloud computing during a tip-packed session before a big crowd at the Illinois State Bar Association's Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference. ...Originally published September 27, 2012
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