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June 19, 2018
The latest predictions are that more lawyers will move services to the cloud this year. After a decade of the digital interconnectedness known as the internet, platforms and services have stabilized and security is less of a concern. Gartner points out that even the most conservative enterprise level financial firms are migrating data and business functions to cloud computing providers.
Small law firms have been taking advantage of software-as-a-service (SaaS) for years. Now larger practices are changing their IT infrastructure to cut costs and improve scalability by partnering with cloud computing providers.
This article discusses the popularity of cloud solutions for law firms. What are the most common types of cloud services that law firms utilize?
Cloud Computing Providers Offer a Better Solution
Law firms of all sizes are now capitalizing on the efficiencies found in cloud technology. Having data stored in remote data centers and delivered through the internet on demand is a lower cost option when compared to staffing the employees, hardware, and software that is required in an on-site server room. Cloud computing providers can manage the security of data with sophisticated software tools, and storage is always pay-as-you-go via a monthly subscription. This evens out the budget spikes that remain a standard feature of on-premise infrastructures.
Some clear benefits of cloud computing include:
These are just some of the benefits of the cloud. But what applications and workflows are lawyers now outsourcing to cloud computing providers?
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Common Services from Cloud Computing Providers
The American Bar Association had an article recently on some of the more common cloud-based software, infrastructure, and platform applications that law firms are using today. These services have allowed the smaller law firm the ability to stay competitive without the high overhead that comes with running a larger firm. But today, even enterprise-sized firms are seeking some of the cost efficiencies that can come from outsourcing common functions into the cloud. Typical applications to consider include:
Managed IT service is another type of cloud computing provider that can assess your current technology workflows, and then develop options to streamline the efficiencies of your firm. Cloud service technology providers such as TOSS C3 can manage vendor relationships, set up a private cloud, or shore up the cybersecurity of your firm. Request a quote on managed services.
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