Just like other companies and institutions, law firms are increasingly opting to work in the cloud, encouraged by the lower level of security risk and the fact that client files and company data can be accessed at any time and from any location.
Data protection is hugely important in the legal profession. Consider, for example, professional confidentiality and the regulatory obligations. As a lawyer, how can you really be sure that your client data is safe without having to make a major investment?
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Working in the cloud is the solution! Professional data centres for cloud storage and cloud applications are extremely well secured against break-ins and other serious risks. These centres use hardware and software of the very best quality (Enterprise products), and data is protected under strict European legislation. In short, cloud computing is reliable and secure.
Cloud solutions makes legal firms more mobile. How does this work in practice? A single portal provides online access to your applications and data. Whether you’re working with your tablet, notebook, smartphone or a traditional desktop, you have the same login and access, wherever you are. This makes your working life more flexible, and the freedom of being able to work from home can significantly reduce stress and travel costs.
“Many law firms see working in the cloud as a ‘game changer’”
If your office has multiple branches, working in the cloud makes it easier to co-operate with your colleagues. Company applications are standardised, enabling employees from different branches to work together on documents in real time, without the need to travel from one branch to the other. Employees are also able to communicate with one another securely via a cloud platform such as Microsoft Skype for Business or Cisco Spark, wherever they are in the world.
Cloud solutions soon start paying for themselves. Rather than making a significant investment in a fixed contract, Bechtle cloud solutions are based on a scalable monthly subscription. However the market develops, and whether your organisation grows or scales down, your monthly subscription can be adjusted right away. So you only pay for what you need.
Law firms that have recently invested in a local (on-premise) solution can still make the switch to the cloud by opting for a hybrid cloud solution. A hybrid cloud solution is a combination of a local solution and the cloud. This means that existing solutions running locally do not have to be cast aside, enabling you to benefit from the latest cloud innovations right away while modernising your company’s IT environment step by step.
It is relatively simple for law firms just starting out, without existing software systems, to build an effective Practice Management System (PMS) from the ground up using cloud-based software solutions.
In the cloud, you keep working in the same familiar environment you’re used to – but within a more reliable and more secure framework than that offered by your standard IT solution. Want to find out more about working securely and reliably in the cloud? Download the Eshgro ISAE document for more information!