Whitepaper: Comparing Total Cost of Ownership

We have published a new whitepaper, “Comparing the Costs: Analyzing the total cost of ownership of Clio vs. traditional desktop practice management solutions,” that provides in-depth analysis on the true cost of ownership of Clio, a cloud computing application, v. traditional desktop applications, namely Time Matters, PC Law and Amicus Attorney.

Some take-aways:

Over time, the costs for desktop applications go up as lawyers have to purchase additional user licenses, renew the software license and perhaps other licenses, such as a mobile license. Not to mention server licenses. A dedicated server license, and a Microsoft license since most law practice management desktop applications run only on Windows machines.

One of the biggest up-front costs with traditional desktop software is the initial up-front licensing costs. Taking a typical two attorney / two support staff firm as a reference point, we find Amicus Attorney results in $6,637 in direct software-, hardware- and training-related costs. Clio, meanwhile, only costs $1,776 over the first year.

Some argue that cloud computing costs more over the long term than traditional desktop-based solutions, but our analysis found the opposite. Aggregating costs for the same reference firm above over the course of three years results in costs of $9,917 for Amicus Attorney, whereas for Clio the cost is only $5,328 over three years.

Still on the fence? Give the whitepaper (PDF) a read, do the math and see if a cloud computing application like Clio can help your firm save on practice management software costs.