Like most businesses, modern law firms have to evaluate the IT solutions available to them. Not least because lawyers have never been under more pressure to reduce costs, improve innovation and free up cash flow.
Of course, advancements in technology are set to have a significant impact on law firms over the next five years. And interest in cloud computing is showing no signs of slowing down. As such, cloud-based solutions such as the hosted desktop are gaining popularity amongst IT professionals working in law firms.
But do hosted desktops have a place in the legal field?
Put simply, yes. And here’s just some of the reasons why.
Lawyers need access to information such as legal documents, evidence and case information. And they need this whether they are at their desks, at their clients’ offices or in the court
Helping legal professionals to access everything they need to do their jobs, on any device, even if they aren’t in the office, hosted desktops deliver increased flexibility, scalability, productivity, efficiency, and resilience. So it’s no wonder that law firms are using them to solve their growing business challenges. What’s more, because lawyers and other legal employees get access to everything they need, wherever they need it, the hosted desktop also leads to increases in productivity.
Protecting client interests is essential in the legal world. So data privacy is paramount. And, despite worries about cloud security, the hosted desktop could be the answer to many concerns about data protection in our brave new GDPR world.
In fact, unless your firm has a huge budget to spend on IT, it’s likely that working with a cloud partner will deliver a more secure option. Just make sure your cloud provider agrees to the data protection levels lawyers are bound to in any contract. Not all hosted desktop providers are created equal, so you must ensure that any partner you use will help you to meet the SRA’s Code of Conduct.
And, with disaster recovery capabilities crucial to law firms, and business continuity plans a requirement for the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation, the hosted desktop provides an easy way to keep your data safe from critical incidents such natural disasters, hacking and system failure.
What’s more, by bringing together processes and data, the hosted desktop delivers enhanced management information. This can lead to more informed decision making, and even create opportunities for new revenue streams.
In today’s’ evolving technical environment – where it seems like new solutions, applications and hardware hit the market every day – the options can be overwhelming. And, against a backdrop of increased cybersecurity threats, knowing what tech to invest in can be challenging for any business. Never mind a profession with such strict regulatory responsibilities.
However, if your firm is looking for a solution that provides secure access to information while enabling more intelligent decision making, the hosted desktop is the perfect choice.
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