I have really started to develop an attitude about Amicus Attorney, our case management system. It’s not that it doesn’t do the things it’s supposed to do. It’s not that we haven’t relied on it extensively over the last many years. It’s just that it’s not web based. We use Amicus Attorney for client matter management, contacts, calendaring and tasks. It hit me the other day that our base camp extranet does at least 85% of what Amicus Attorney does. Currently, we are entering calendaring dates and contacts into both Amicus Attorney and our Extranet. The one critical thing that Amicus Attorney still does and our Extranet does not is export time into our billing system. Our Extranet captures time and spits it out into an excel spreadsheet. Someday soon accounting software will more easily link up with web based applications and Amicus Attorney will be toast.
Yes, I know they’ve got the new web interface in Amicus 10. But I’m not buying the proposition that Amicus Attorney will be able to keep up with the pure web based developers in the space. Proprietary client based software is too hard to maintain and requires too many resources to deploy client side to ever devote enough attention to the web development side.
What do you think?