Benefits of The Cloud For Your Law Firm
The cloud has a range of benefits available to legal firms – more than just the option to back up your data in DropBox. Are you missing out on what the cloud has to offer?
Even though you may not be currently making use of it, the cloud isn’t really considered a new technology anymore. Even the American Bar Association recognizes that “lawyers and law firms see the Cloud as a fast and scalable way to use advanced legal technology tools without the need for a substantial upfront capital investment in hardware, software, and support services.”
What are you waiting for? Maybe you don’t feel like you know enough about the cloud and what it could do for firms like yours…
What Exactly Is The Cloud?
The cloud is a network of technologies that allows access to computing resources, such as storage, processing power, and more.
In English? The cloud connects you to applications, data, and more capable computers via the Internet. What you once needed to have on-site in order to use can now be accessed through the cloud.
Why bother with the cloud? It has a number of general benefits it offers to any type of work…
- Computing Power: The cloud has the ability to activate tens of thousands of CPUs. This unparalleled power can quickly perform deep analytics of your data, and process nearly any ad-hoc queries that you require.
- Reliable Costs: The cloud services subscription model offers the strategic advantage of low-cost, low-risk opt-in combined with a simple, predictable monthly fee.
- Easy Scalability: Cloud services have the unique strategic characteristic of being able to stretch or shrink to suit your current level of demand. This is especially useful for businesses of any scale that will change in size over time.
- Real-Time Collaboration: With cloud technology, your staff doesn’t have to wait for each other to be done with their part of the document or project in order to tackle their own aspect. They can all work on the same project at the same time to maximize productivity.
- Remote Work Capability: This cloud feature allows you and your employees to work remotely as need be, which will give your staff the flexibility they desire to have a more balanced home/work life.
But that’s not all – the cloud even offers specific advantages to firms. It has quickly become common knowledge that cloud solutions are the future of IT for legal firms like yours, offering a range of proactive features to help ensure that your team can work effectively and productively.
Here are three clear ways you can make use of the cloud:
1. The Cloud Offers Easy Access To Your Work
Your legal team can access case files no matter where they are – in the courtroom, at their home office or wherever else. No longer will your firm be stuck working where their hard copy files are – so long as they have their smartphone, tablet or laptop, they can access their work.
2. The Cloud Provides Security And Compliance
A major concern with cloud use in the legal field comes down to security. However, by leveraging many security features offered by the right cloud services (encryption, multi-factor authentication, data backup) you can increase data security for your firm. As a by-product, you can also enhance data continuity, and maintain compliance with strict legal industry regulations.
3. The Cloud Allows You To Reduce Hardware
A major expense associated with IT is the cost of hardware. For larger firms, it’s long been necessary to purchase, house and maintain servers and other network hardware.
With the cloud, you don’t have to. You can simply host all your data through the cloud and minimize your on-site hardware, and IT budget.
Should Your Law Firm Use The Cloud?
If you’re not already using the cloud for file sharing and storage, you’re way behind the times. But if you’re also failing to take advantage of the industry-specific features the cloud can deliver, then you’re missing out.
As cloud technology has continued to evolve and gain traction in highly regulated industries and fields, the advantages available to law firms have increased as well. And when you think about how your firm operates, cloud computing makes a lot of sense.
Your IT service provider is (or, should be) your go-to expert when it comes to using the Cloud. They should be able to offer recommendations for reliable and secure cloud computing solutions for law firms like yours.
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