Building the Future Law Firm with Cloud Computing

Have you ever imagined what the future of law office would look like?  If we base it on the cartoon shows or movies, the offices of the future would be run mostly by robots.  Actually, what we thought of about 20 years ago as science fiction is becoming a reality today.  With the available technology allowing for the establishments of virtual offices, the future is starting today.  Before we entertain the thoughts of the law office of the future, let us take a look at the factors that will affect it and the role of cloud computing will play.

There are so many aspects of technology that can impact the law office of the future.  Considering cloud technology, one of the vital areas to focus on is the implementation of Unified Communications (UC).  This complimentary technology can be vital in empowering employees from every business regardless of size, to carry out their responsibilities from anywhere; with the help of cloud computing.

Here are 3 factors to consider how cloud computing can bring the office of the future a reality.

1. The Price Tag

When we talk about IT departments in the traditional sense, the thoughts of hardware, software, and upgrades come to mind.  With cloud computing, almost all of these get thrown out of the window making the IT departments of the future more compact and less costly with only a handful of personnel.  This translates to cheaper but more efficient and effective computing technology.

This extends to the communication platforms used in the offices that normally would carry a costly monthly price tag aside from the installation fees.  With cloud computing, the office of the future can save as much as 70% of the deployment and maintenance costs.

 2. Uncomplicated

One of the keys in successfully establishing the law office of the future is to maintain simplicity without sacrificing competitiveness.  By ensuring that the increased mobility does not lead to complicated systems, law offices of the future will open up opportunities for collaboration not only with contemporaries but with clients as well regardless of their physical location or preferred device of use.  Cloud based UC platforms will make deployment, use, and maintenance simpler.

3. System Expansion

Another factor for law offices of the future should consider is the ability to expand their systems together with the growth of their business.  Essentially, as business grows, so does its need for technical support.  In a traditional setup, this would mean investment in more computer systems, software, telephone lines, and other such infrastructures.

With cloud providers, the expansion of systems becomes easier and less costly.  The accompanying headaches of scaling business systems will also become a thing of the past.  The main reason is that cloud providers will be taking care of all of these needs from their end without disrupting your law practice.

The great thing with this setup is that it allows businesses to scale either up or down depending on their current needs.  What is ironic with all of these is that several years ago, these were the same reasons why many businesses started investing in on-site computer systems.  The evolution has taken all those needs into consideration with the resulting technology making everything streamlined and more affordable to implement.  Cloud is giving more benefits and value that every future office needs.

As the trend of traditional IT departments moving away from management of both hardware and software components continue, there is an increased demand for reliable cloud providers and cloud-based technology.  Speed becomes a necessity for future offices and the use of management free technology becoming the norm.

Contact NexStep to get the benefits of remote cloud computing your law firms so you can efficiently maximize mobility in your law practice.