Is the Legal sector ready for Cloud?

Cloud adoption is increasing across companies in various industries, however the legal sector are slow adopters. Whilst firms are required to keep all client data in the strictest confidentiality, this is not a boundary to Cloud adoption and there are many other strong reasons for the legal sector to begin to adopt Cloud and no longer shy away.

Some of the hesitation for Cloud adoption could be down to a misunderstanding of Cloud computing as a whole and the difference between public, private and hybrid Cloud. Stories hitting the headlines about Cloud hacking scandals do little to quell the resistance, but once legal firms look in to the options and find out more about Cloud as a whole it is clear that making the transition could actually assist them in many ways.

Every cloud has a silver lining

Whilst public Cloud would not be the right choice for law firms to hold their confidential data and documents, implementing either private or hybrid Cloud could assist the legal industry in more ways than they realise. A private Cloud, based on the clean side of your firewall, means that data does not transcend the public internet – therefore all privacy and security issues are resolved.

Moving across to the Cloud can create many benefits for law firms too. Costs can be driven down and budgets controlled by choosing this solution; the need to purchase new hardware will lessen and there are also tax benefits to using Cloud too, as we detail in our CAPEX to OPEX guide.

The Law Society have recently published practice notes on cloud computing, providing clarity for law firms on the matter and clearly showing support of the transition across to Cloud too.

Moving with the times

Enabling Cloud within a legal practice will also allow the firm to expand and make use of additional technology that is available to the industry today. With solutions like Unified Communications and the popularity of BYOD policies; enabling a Cloud solution could in fact increase productivity of staff and Partners.

Unified Communications and DaaS in particular could allow Partners to work whilst they are on the go, at other offices or out of the country. They would be able to work from anywhere across the world and still have full access to their documents and contacts, with the performance of the solution mirroring that of if they were sat at their desk in the office.

Whilst in many senses the legal sector will always remain detached from those companies at the cutting edge of technology, there is no reason why they cannot work towards adoption of the latest products and services – all whilst benefiting internally from the change.

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