Cloud and data protection are inextricably linked
The business rationale for law firms to switch to the cloud is clear, writes Janet Day of LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions, but there are two key issues they must address when it comes to cloud and data protection.
In the last few years, the pace of cloud adoption has gathered momentum. There is also widespread recognition that a cloud-based IT infrastructure will gradually dominate in the enterprise. In fact, it is already happening. Any organisation that has Office 365 is in the cloud.
The business rationale for law firms to switch to the cloud is clear. Utilising third party IT infrastructure in place of on-premises systems means that organisations can reduce, if not eliminate, their capital expenditure costs of purchasing and maintaining expensive hardware. Additionally, they don’t have to worry about infrastructure maintenance, software licensing, security and patching, and electricity and cooling costs.
There is greater availability and reliability of IT infrastructure; security, disaster recovery and business continuity is assured. This approach requires the firm to maintain minimal on-premises IT services, allowing it to concentrate on and invest in its core area of business – i.e. delivering legal services and advice to clients.
Additionally, lawyers too make efficiency and productivity gains – the ability to work from anywhere and from any device ensures them access to ‘just in time’ information. Given today’s globalising and dynamic legal sector, to deliver the best possible client service, lawyers need to work at the same productivity levels while on the move as they would in the office. Traditional on-premises systems require complex support to facilitate this.
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