Isaac Asimov famously said that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Think of the cargo cults of World War II. So it is perhaps not surprising that the technology behind the Cloud/SAAS version of Worldox GX3 has been referred to by some clients as “Pixie Dust.”
Worldox has in fact filed a patent application for this new technology.
What is so revolutionary?
Previous approaches to cloud computing have been implemented typically via web-based programs. In some cases this is mixed with thin clients, Remote Desktop, or Cisco or Microsoft published apps. These solutions are all or nothing: you can work in the cloud OR you can work on your desktop: the two do not communicate with each other (with the limited exception of mapped drives, mouse control, local printers, etc.). Document management programs such as NetDocuments get around this with an upload/download approach: you download a document to your desktop, work on it, then upload it back to the cloud (or vice-versa). That also is why almost none of the cloud-based practice management programs have any serious integration with Outlook except through similar upload-download routines.
The Worldox solution is a client server communication application that allows all locally installed applications to have full communication with the published version of Worldox hosted on a remote server: Word, Outlook, Acrobat, you name it. How do they do it? That’s where the patent comes in.
The cloud version of Worldox GX3 is NOT browser-based (thus eliminating the limitations that would have entailed). The user has full functionality, the program looks exactly the same as the desktop version, so there is no learning curve. But when you open a document in Word (or whatever), it opens from the cloud. The same integration applies to Outlook, Acrobat, or whatever.
The Cloud version of Worldox will be available as a SAAS offering, with a monthly subscription price. Full release is likely to be some time early next year, although the “Enterprise” version which incorporates the cloud technology running on a private, in-house based cloud server, on top of the standard network-based program may be available this fall.