And when it comes to deploying cloud solutions in legal firms, the naysayers are slowing down the industry’s entry into a new world of managing information, collaborating with stakeholders and streamlining processes. With all the potential benefits at stake, the cheerleaders need to cheer louder.
The migration to cloud computing is in full swing. Gartner predicts the fastest-growing market segment this year will be cloud system infrastructure services. Second will be cloud application infrastructure services. In fact, Gartner claims that the increasing adoption of cloud-first strategies will have an effect on nearly every vendor and service provider in business today. The legal profession, though it may have lagged in adopting the latest automation tools, will not prove the exception. This is especially true as law offices continue to undergo a transformation toward a more client-based business model.
In fact, automation has provided countless advantages in the law office. It can help lawyers be more effective at their job by taking over many of the rote tasks that they used to perform. Take document review, for example. What is usually an expensive, time-consuming process can now be handled almost entirely by automation. But what argument can lawyers make for moving to a cloud-based system? Isn’t automation with on-premises technology completely adequate?
In recent surveys, more than 30% of organizations polled said that cloud investments were among their top three priorities. The reasons vary, but the top-ranking benefits of cloud computing are as follows:
Cloud computing isn’t the wave of the future; it’s here today. The world is plugging into the cloud, and law offices that remain tied to their on-premises technology might find themselves left behind or out of business. Like all companies, law firms work with information — gathering it, processing it, accessing it and distributing it.
Information is the lifeblood of a firm, and how that information is handled makes all the difference. Cloud computing is easier, safer, faster and more efficient. And maybe best of all, it lets lawyers focus on the reason they became lawyers to begin with: the people, not the paperwork. Firms that don’t ride today’s wave of cloud technology will be left in the dust.