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January 26, 2017
Cloud computing is the new frontier for the world of legal. Lawyers have a lot of data that needs to be accessed. Contracts, client information, evidence are just a few of the things that lawyers keep track of daily, and a lot of this information is already on the cloud. Lawyers are finding it harder to work properly without access to the cloud.
Access – which is not just within the office, but also on their phones, tablets, or other mobile devices – is the key to a successful business. However, access to files and information is just one of the advantages of the legal cloud. To remain up to date on upcoming technologies in the cloud industry, subscribe to the TOSS C3 blog.
Time is Money
Many lawyers are constantly on the go. There is barely time to stop and get a coffee when they leave their office and head to the court house, so it goes without saying that they do not have the time to worry about their network. That is what managed cloud providers do, and they do it well.
Once the initial contract is signed with the cloud hosting company, then there is nothing else to worry about. You can go ahead and go on about your day knowing that the data you have stored in the cloud is protected and safe and it will be available when you are ready to use it. Not only does this help you with your time, but it also helps reduce the amount of time your IT department has to worry about. This leads to a more efficient experience for all within the company. The IT department can worry about the day-to-day aspects of the network, while the cloud handles the documentation, downloads, and security.
You may have heard of disaster readiness, which means that a company will have their data restored quickly if something happens. Disaster preparedness is a slightly different animal. Danny Mizrahi states the number one mistake companies make is “not going through a disaster recovery exercise. Going through a proper disaster recovery exercise makes sure the RIGHT data is being backed up, and you know how to USE the data in the event of a disaster. People think backup is disaster recovery, but they are very different.”
Analytics help companies see how customers and employees are utilizing their websites and software, which in turn, allows attorney billing to be accurately recorded. There are way too many analytics type of tools out there to cover here, but a good managed cloud provider can help you select the right type of software you need for your offices.
When you decide to move your law firm to the cloud, it is important to contact the right managed cloud services provider for details. Make sure to call on a company that is reputable and in long standing. Ask them how contracts work and how they can safeguard your data. If the contract puts liability on the cloud service provider then you, as a lawyer, are covered from any legal ramifications.
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