When you operate a small law firm, time and money are precious commodities. Typically, you’re so busy providing the best possible service to your clients, it can be hard to take a step back and evaluate what’s best for your firm overall.
This is particularly the case when it comes to choosing the best legal management software for your firm. Today, more and more firms – of all sizes – are moving their legal software to the cloud; opting for pay-by-the-month licensing rather than investing in expensive, on-premise software solutions.
While cloud-based software can deliver a whole raft of crucial benefits, here are the top four benefits we believe are particularly relevant for the legal sector:
1. Easier, more effective collaboration
When it comes to collaboration, the best legal software is most undoubtedly cloud-based.
Perhaps most importantly, cloud-based software means your people have many more ways to work and share information on clients and specific matters. Storing all your files in one central and easily accessible location, rather than on silo-based servers and on individual hard drives, empowers everyone in your business to work more efficiently and effectively.
With cloud-based data, you can ensure everyone is working with the most up to date files, and has immediate access to all required files and correspondence. The cloud also facilitates enormous flexibility, enabling your employees to access the data and details they need anywhere, anytime and from any device. As a small law firm, where your people often wear many hats, this is crucial.
2. More scalability and flexibility
Another important feature of the cloud is the scalability it enables your organisation. By taking you away from fixed, up-front costs and weighty infrastructure, the cloud allows you to capitalise on the mobility and flexibility inherent in your small firm.
You can purchase or cancel licenses for your cloud-based software as you need them, making it easy to scale and react to the market – ideal for a small operation. So, for instance, if you win a new client, you can very quickly get new team members up and running.
3. Reduced financial outlay
The cost benefits of migrating your legal software to the cloud can be significant, especially for a smaller firm. By doing away with large, cumbersome, on-premise servers, you can eliminate your ongoing IT maintenance and support costs. Also, rather than spending time providing patches and rectifying technology issues, your IT person (or team) can focus on using technology to further fine-tune the way you work.
Importantly, transitioning to the cloud also enables you to move your IT costs from a capital expense to an operating expense, which can be ideal for your small business’ cash flow. You simply pay by the month and there are no more costly, up-front outlays.
4. Improved security and stability
For a small firm, system downtime simply isn’t an option.
With a cloud-based solution in place, your precious data is also out of harm’s way should physical disaster strike, such as flood or fire. Your data is also protected from system crashes and is constantly available and backed-up, so there’s no risk of it being lost or corrupted.
Find out more
At Boab IT, we can help you transition your services to the cloud. Simply give us a call on 1800 659 765 to find out more, or visit our cloud Q&As here.