Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Software as a Service (SaaS) is a Trend in Court Tech

Some of you might have noticed that the CTB runs on the Google Blogger service.  Now courts are adopting SaaS too.

We received a press release from Tyler Technologies the other day that announced that a consortium of six California Superior courts “officially known as the NoCal Collaboration Project” that included “Alpine, Calaveras, Glenn, Lassen, Tehama and Yuba counties” had made a decision on the future of their case management systems. “Each court signed a five-year software as a service (SaaS) agreement using a Master Services Agreement (MSA) that gives California’s 58 superior courts the ability to purchase Tyler’s Odyssey system at pre-negotiated terms, conditions and pricing. The six courts will have a total of approximately 200 users on the Odyssey system.”

As noted in the press release “These six superior courts took it upon themselves to collaborate and invent an approach that resulted in their securing an advanced court case management system without straining their individual budgets”.

Of course many commercial E-filing systems have been built as SaaS applications as well as payment processing and other case management systems such as JSI’s FullCourt Enterprise are available as well.

The NCSC has also jumped on the SaaS trend by recently implementing the Metier Project Portfolio Management (PPM) system.  This “cloud” system allows for disbursed NCSC staff to collaborate on project planning and management while working with the courts.

And if you have any other examples of SaaS that you know courts are using please share them in the comments section below.

1 comment:

  1. I am currently working with an Administrative Office of the Courts on an internal process improvement project. We are implementing one of our SaaS products across their seven business units. We just went live with the first unit and it is showing very nice results. By integrating our solution with some internal process restructuring, we've been able to take a 1.75 day (per record) process down to a 5-6 minute process. When you multiply that across 6000+ records, the budget savings are going to be massive.