The level of competition of cloud-based practice management systems continues to heat up. In keeping up with Clio and Rocket Matter’s style, Amicus Cloud announced its integration with Dropbox, a popular document storage and synchronization service. We consider this a huge step for Amicus, who has typically held tight to integration capabilities – apart from its integration with Exchange, which we love.
This is great news for Amicus Cloud users. A lot of solo and small firms already use Dropbox. If you’re unfamiliar with how it works, Dropbox basically syncs files from your computer to the cloud via a direct path to a local folder. So any documents saved in that folder will automatically sync with Dropbox, allowing you to access those files from anywhere. No more emailing files to yourself!
The significance here is that Amicus Cloud users will no longer need to manually upload documents into Amicus Cloud. Instead, their documents will automatically be accessible in Amicus Cloud via Dropbox, as long as it’s saved in the shared folder. Firms with multiple users or devices can also sync their documents through a shared local folder.
I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you of the security concerns surrounding Dropbox. All in all, it really depends on your comfort level and the type of information you plan on sharing. Are you comfortable storing your data outside of your walls? If you are then the cloud is a good way to go. If you don’t feel this is a secure option then don’t use the cloud.
Along with this update, Amicus also announced a new File Chronology feature, which gives users one central view of all activity taken on in a client file, as well as improvements to the Amicus Cloud QuickBooks link and Group Scheduling feature.
Fair warning – we haven’t had a chance to test the Dropbox integration yet, but will shortly. Stay tuned for more updates to Amicus Cloud, including additional storage features.