I am no longer actively involved with practice management programs, but I do like to keep relatively up to date, so I found Attorney at Work’s recent summary of the state of various programs useful.
If you are considering going with the cloud there are at least key factors to consider:
1. Features. While the cloud-based programs are adding features rapidly, they generally still don’t match network-based equivalents. So make a list of the key features you use every day and make sure they are available.
2. Speed. Obviously any cloud-based program depends on your internet speed. Make sure you have a hi-speed connection. This is particularly critical if you plan to use your smart phone. Many early iterations were woefully slow over a phone.
Some other observations: If you are considering migrating from an existing program, make sure your data can be converted. If you are migrating from Amicus the obvious choice is Amicus Cloud. If you are migrating from TimeMatters, the obvious choice is Houdini, Esq., written by a former lead programmer for TimeMatters.