I have been lucky enough to give a few presentations that usually require a brief explanation of cloud computing. I am intrigued by the concept, of course, but am always terrified I am going to lose the interest of my audience as I ramble on about private clouds, software as a service, security concerns, and the like, so I have been trying to discipline myself to really keep definitions to a sentence or two, and not ramble excitedly on about technological ephemera. My typical fall-back summary of the cloud is: cloud computing basically puts the internet in-between you and your hard drive. And because the internet is connecting you to your data, you now have the option of connecting other users to your data. This concept of collaboration is one of the fundaments of the cloud-computing/network age.
PacerPro is one of the newer companies that has put a cloud-computing design–and nicer interface on top of–good ole’ PACER. If this product sounds familiar, it is because I reviewed it here on iBraryGuy. Late last week, I was contacted by their CEO & Co-Founder Gavin McGrane to alert me to DocketShare, a new feature in PacerPro. DocketShare enables PacerPro users to share dockets with their colleagues, who must also be PacerPro users. So, the four step process of downloading a docket, saving it locally, renaming it, and then e-mailing it to colleagues can now be done merely by clicking “share” in the PacerPro interface:
Again, this is a cloud-based piece of software–PacerPro is saving updated dockets to its own cloud-space. So, sharing the docket becomes a quicker process because it’s a matter of permissions–by sharing, a user is giving permission for another user to view a docket saved on PacerPro’s cloud, and in the process, stream-lining a clunky procedure.
Read more about DocketShare on PacerPro’s blog, available here.