High double-digit growth has been experienced by every major vendor of cloud infrastructure and yet only about 55% of all law firms use some form of cloud computing. Who better than attorneys to understand potential legal ramifications of moving data to the partial control of a separate entity? The following are fundamental questions to answer before moving any of your own data or infrastructure to the cloud.

How Much Cloud-Based Technology are You Already Using?

Any organization using social media for marketing, Gmail, or software as a service (SaaS) is already operating in the cloud to an extent. It’s important to gain a clear understanding of your entire cloud footprint. An assessment could provide new insights. For example, company employees may be accessing cloud-based solutions for file storage or collaboration.

What are Your Organization’s Practice Specialties?

Decisions regarding cloud migration are often driven by client concerns and areas of practice. Fearing their data may be stolen or compromised, clients storing proprietary information often forbid the firms that specialize in intellectual property from using cloud storage. On the other hand, firms that process documents for thousands of clients, such as in a class-action lawsuit, are compelled to use the cloud to avoid the cost of purchasing a large amount of tech infrastructure.

Is There Sufficient On-Site Tech Expertise?

If an organization has little to no IT staff, cloud providers offer the most cost-effective expert IT infrastructure management and network security services. Larger firms can have a completely different situation, with 100% cloud migration being too complicated and expensive. This is often due in part to sizeable capital investments having already been made into on-premises technology. In such cases, cloud migration makes the most sense as legacy infrastructure is close to expiring.

 

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