Cloud Migration Best Practices for Law Firms


Cloud computing is still a little scary to those who work in law offices, but the more innovative and fastest growing practices are moving to the cloud. The move is certainly for cost reasons, but, more and more, it’s around the practice’s need to grow quickly, without limitations from IT.



Cloud migration for law firms is an important and particular process.

Legal IT Professionals’ online survey of its readership presented a split decision on about a move to the cloud.  “The online news publication covering international legal information technology asked readers: ‘If your law firm’s management asked for your advice regarding moving key applications to the cloud, would you be in favor of this strategy?’ The 438 responses from legal information technology staff, lawyers and paralegals was nearly split down the middle, with 46% opposing and 45% in favor, while 9% had no opinion.”  The complete survey report can be found here.

The participants of this 2013 survey might be a bit more cloud-oriented these days, as more law firms find a new home for IT in the cloud.  However, overall, law firms continue to balk at the idea of moving toward the cloud since they do not know how to take the first steps.  Moreover, as stated by the law firms’ IT staff who responded to the survey, their firms would require new skills to transition, manage and support the new cloud service services.

The cloud migration path for law firms is not unlike that of other small business, with a few more issues to deal with around privacy, compliance, and governance.  Here is a quick process that most law firms should consider:

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