The pandemic changed the way companies in nearly every industry operate. Flexible work environments are now the norm, with many attorneys and administrative staff members working remotely at least part of the week. Cloud solutions enable law firms to maintain productivity and client service by providing attorneys and staff with secure access to all their files, applications, and tools like calendaring and billing wherever they are, while eliminating the need for the firm to maintain on-premise servers. The adoption of remote or hybrid work models among clients created a need for enhanced communication tools to provide better service, such as secure video conferencing and client portals, and cloud providers have the expertise in-house to guide law firms in adopting these technologies.
With the shift to more work outside the office, some law firms are taking a hard look at how they can reduce their physical footprint and other overhead costs. When all data is moved to the cloud, a law firm’s need for IT infrastructure, from specialized personnel to bulky servers and hardware, is substantially reduced. The cloud provider stores and backs up files, maintains the system, and handles cybersecurity, updates, and technical support. Further, a good cloud provider will proactively monitor the systems to predict and prevent many common issues from interrupting operations, which enhances productivity. The fact that lawyers and staff members are always working on state-of-the-art software also contributes to operational efficiency. Cloud solutions also provide scalability. When a law firm staffs up or downsizes, employees can be seamlessly onboarded or removed from the system. Law firms typically pay a flat per-user fee monthly for cloud services, which allows them to better predict costs and to budget.
By hiring a competent cloud provider to professionally manage their IT, law firms are free to focus more time and energy on their core competency, which in an increasingly competitive world is more important than ever.
Tabush Group provides a secure cloud-based IT solution to small and midsized law firms. For more information, contact us.