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The Benefits of Moving to The Cloud for Law Firms

Posted: 5th Nov 2021
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Our Managed Service Sales Manager, Andy Lewis, takes a look at how law firms can take advantage of what the cloud has to offer.
There are many advantages to adopting the cloud and the motivations for doing so vary, with businesses seeking a variety of benefits. These benefits broadly fit into four categories: cost, agility, service quality, and new scenarios. As the PwC’s latest survey of the top 100 UK law firms shows, there’s certainly no slow down in the spend on IT and the need to better utilise it…
PwC Law Firms' Survey 2021
The graphic shows that firms are clearly focusing more on getting better outputs from their tech spend, and also putting in place systems and standards to help drive efficiency and data transparency.

Major Cloud Adoption DRIVERS

Let’s unpack the specifics of the four major drivers for cloud adoption and how they can help deliver value to law firms.

Cost

Cloud computing offers significant potential cost-savings over on-premise infrastructure. It enables firms to move IT spending from capital expenditure (CapEx) to operational expenditure (OpEx). Since the fixed costs associated with shared infrastructure are avoided, the cloud provides much greater visibility into the true cost of individual applications. There’s also the cost confidence that you are paying for the exact amount of IT that you require at any one moment in time, not overpaying for unused capacity that’s just sat there waiting to be used.

Agility

Where traditional on-premise infrastructure can take weeks or even months to deploy, Azure offers near-instant provisioning of resources. Supply chain issues and microchip shortages worldwide have suffocated the supply of servers over the last 6 months, exacerbating the time it takes to bring on-premise projects to fruition. A flexible cloud solution delivers resources on-demand, enabling Azure projects to move much more quickly without the need to over-provision resources in advance or spend considerable time on infrastructure planning.

To take full advantage of this new flexibility, organisations are accelerating the adoption of new ways of working. Examples include the use of agile software development methodologies, continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD), and modern PaaS-based application architectures.

Service Quality

Azure’s infrastructure has been designed to support some of the world’s most demanding workloads. These workloads continuously raise the bar on the quality of service Azure must provide. As a result, migration to Azure often offers significant improvements in performance, reliability, and security over on-premises infrastructure.

New Scenarios

Azure enables new application scenarios that are simply not possible—or would be prohibitively expensive to deliver—using on-premises infrastructure. Examples include big data storage and analytics, machine learning, and compliance with the SRA and wider industry certifications such as ISO, PCI, HIPA and GDPR, where customers can leverage the certifications offered by cloud providers. These scenarios are driving innovation and competitive advantages that only the cloud can offer. What’s more, potential new technology solutions for law firms can be spun up and only paid for while being evaluated.

In Summary

I hope the above has given you a flavour of the potential for the cloud in your law firm and the business benefits that that can be achieved. If you’d like help in defining a cloud migration strategy then please get in touch!
Andy Lewis - Managed Services Sales Manager
Andy Lewis
Atlas Cloud

SPEAK TO ANDY

Our Managed Service Sales Manager, Andy Lewis, has years of experience helping law firms use technology to tackle challenges like cashflow, productivity/turnaround times, security, M&A, Cyber Essentials certification and more.

About The Author

Andy has extensive managed services experience with vast knowledge of the legal sector in particular. When he’s not crafting solutions that are perfectly aligned to customer goals, he can be found supporting his beloved Liverpool.

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