Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Soda bans and Legal Software: peas in a pod?

Online Legal Software sits in midtown Manhattan, so Mayor Bloomberg's ban on over-sized sugary drinks, which was scheduled to go into effect yesterday (but did not, due to a local judge finding it unconstitutional, is on top of many of our local news feeds.  But the story has gone national (and international), so chances are you've heard of it regardless of where in the world you are.

This isn't, of course, the place to discuss the merits, or lack thereof, of such a ban; but as we got to thinking about it, the more we realized that this ban and many purchases of legal software actually have a similar practical effect.

None, none at all.

The stated goal of the ban is to help combat obesity, which it blames, at least in part in over-consumption of sugary drinks.  Now people can argue until the cows come home as to whether or not the ban is an overstep of the nanny state, proper use of government's power to regulate health and safety, blah, blah, blah - the biggest problem is much more basic - groceries, bodegas, quick-e-marts, etc. are exempt (since the City doesn't regulate them) - which means you can still walk over to the corner market and get a giant plastic tub filled with 64+ ounces of sugary soda pop.

Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Much legal software purchases are similar.  Similar in that they may have good intentions, but in the end have no consequence.  Not, of course, because you can still get your sugar fix, but because attorneys don't use what they buy.  It's actually pretty easy; you buy it, you install it; and there it sits - maybe you try using it for a couple days, but without support, without ease of use, it's far too easy to just slip back into your old ways and write-off the cost.

Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Online Legal Software doesn't want to be that sugary drink.  We want you to use our software.  That's why we designed an easy-to-use, intuitive system that makes managing your day-to-day tasks simple.  Moreover, and just as important, we have individualized customization and one-on-one training and support that guides you as you come aboard.

Give us a try today.