Computers were originally designed to run only a single operating system and a single application but virtualization (usually spelt the American way) breaks that bond, making it possible to run multiple operating systems and multiple applications on the same computer at the same time.
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Most law firms could implement a range of fairly practical measures to improve their usage of office space. Perhaps the most obvious options for using the internet to manage office space are homeworking and hotdesking, now more generally replaced by hotelling. These types of change are made possible by increased use of wireless communications.
To understand the changes currently being made in practice management systems it is worth first having a quick run through the history of this type of software. The first PMSs differed from their predecessor, the humble accounting system, by being based around relational database management systems. This enabled law firms to produce more meaningful management information because they could use open reporting tools rather than just the standard reports provided by their particular software supplier.
IT has become a commodity: it has become normal; it has even started to disappear. What does this means for us in practical terms?
Whether you realise it or not, you are probably already outsourcing at least some of your IT via the Internet and it is likely that you will be outsourcing more and more in the future. In this short article I will show why it makes sense to give serious consideration to this form of outsourcing, as well as looking at a few of the pitfalls to avoid and (in the end) showing why you probably do still need your IT department.
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