Cloud computing has been a buzzword for a number of years, but when it comes to law firm use, it’s still mostly just a buzzword. That may be about to change. The recently released Legal IT Professionals 2012 Global Cloud Survey Report suggests that widespread adoption of cloud computing by law firms is just around the corner.
Consider these findings:
- Almost 45% of respondents favor moving key applications to the cloud;
- 83.8% of respondents believe that cloud computing will overtake on-site computing;
- Nearly 60% expect cloud computing to prevail in 5 years;
- Of those expecting it to prevail, 49% were CIOs and CTOs.
The survey reveals some of the perceived benefits of cloud computing:
- Cost savings: firms no longer have the expense of updating and maintaining servers and software;
- Business continuity: no interruption in service to clients in the event of a natural disaster; and
- Mobility: access to the firm’s data from anywhere with an internet connection.
That being said, concerns with moving to the cloud still exist, particularly security and privacy of the data in the cloud in light of firms’ obligations to maintain client confidentiality.
Nonetheless, it seems clear that firms will be facing the decision to move to cloud computing sooner rather than later. Indeed, as the survey suggests, the cloud is inevitable.