Many law firms have migrated their data from on-premise infrastructure to cloud platforms in recent years. Experts attribute the trend to the need for law firms to increase efficiency, productivity and maintain 24/7 accessibility. Migrating to cloud computing unlocks numerous benefits pertinent to a legal practice’s ability to deliver seamless services to clients. Although more law firms are shifting to the cloud to enhance daily operations, some remain concerned about whether the cloud can improve operational efficiency significantly. The following reasons illustrate why law firms must move their applications and data to the cloud.
Top Reasons why Law Firms Should Migrate to Serverless Computing
Eliminating Downtime through Cloud Computing
At some point, at least 90% of organizations, including law firms, have experienced system downtime. In a PwC 2020 survey, at least 81% of UK law firms cited Covid-19 as an impediment to realizing their financial objectives due to the inability to access their on-premise IT infrastructure physically. Other causes of operational downtime include cyber-attacks and physical destruction of deployed on-premise infrastructure. Downtime has several implications, with the primary one being the unavailability of legal templates, client information, essential documents, and other critical resources. Moreover, for law firms lacking an experienced, well-equipped, and skilled IT department for resolving downtime challenges, downtime can jeopardize vital operations.
However, migrating to cloud computing services can reduce downtime cases significantly. Cloud service providers boast an impressive stable of IT and cybersecurity experts constantly monitoring provisioned software, hardware, and other cloud resources. As such, proper management ensures immediate remediation of issues that may cause infrastructure unavailability. Cloud-based cybersecurity teams can resolve incidents that can cause downtime significantly faster compared to in-house IT teams.
Mobility is pertinent to the success and growth of a law firm. Serverless computing permits lawyers to work remotely without requiring to use remote desktop sessions or VPNs. Essentially, cloud-hosted infrastructure is a brilliant solution for law firms operating offices in multiple geographic locations. According to a 2018 TECHREPORT, 68% of law companies highly depend on cloud resources due to round the clock availability and easy mobile access. Such enhanced efficiency streamlines operations, simplifies collaboration between lawyers working on the same cases, and improves productivity.
Other perks law firms can enjoy from migrating to cloud services include efficient management of case workloads. The cloud provides efficient, real-time access to a firm’s digital resources despite the lawyer’s or client’s location. For example, if a lawyer forgets to take the required documents to the court, he can access the files using any internet-enabled devices right there in the courtroom.
Utilising Data Analytics Tools
Data is the driver of all business operations for modern law firms. Lawyers use data analytics for important reasons, such as uncovering patterns of judges and opposing lawyers to secure favourable outcomes for their clients. However, it is challenging to perform efficient data analytics where all IT assets are on-premise. Developing powerful data analytics software in-house is expensive and time-consuming and may hinder a law firm from operating to its full potential.
Fortunately, law firms can leverage the data analytics capabilities of the cloud-hosted infrastructure. Migrating to cloud computing provides more focus on data analytics to facilitate visibility into crucial business intelligence information. These include success rate metrics of previous cases and identifying the areas where a firm can operate more efficiently. Besides, cloud data analytics tools have a cloud-based management system that enables centralized management of legal documents. Quick document retrieval is pertinent to enhancing services delivery to clients and ensure efficiency.
Access to Modern Applications
While many law firms prefer on-premise infrastructure to maintain full control of their data, they have to utilize legacy applications. Legacy systems contain various challenges that can prevent law firms from operating efficiently. For example, legacy systems require specialized personnel to implement, deploy, and train users. The resources used in setting up and maintaining legacy applications can be channelled to other firm areas to enhance efficiency. Additionally, legacy infrastructure is usually glitchy and unreliable and may disrupt service delivery. Using legacy applications further prevents access to modern features required to compete efficiently with other firms. Therefore, migrating to a cloud solution assures access to modern software programs that can streamline business operations to increase productivity and efficiency.
Cloud Geeni Supports Full Cloud Migration.
Law firms can rely on Cloud Geeni’s managed Infrastructure as a Service to work anytime and from anywhere.
The managed IaaS provides law firms with the flexibility required to achieve optimum efficiency. Lawyers can easily access applications, files, and data at any time using any mobile device to enable them to work remotely. As such, Cloud Geeni’s managed IaaS enhances efficiency, improves productivity, and assists in maximizing billable hours. More importantly, the managed IaaS delivers all cloud benefits, and at the same time, enables law firms to retain their functionalities and control of their data.
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