Cloud computing is rapidly becoming a standard resource for organizations in nearly every sector. This means many organizations that until recently resisted the appeal of cloud services must now take immediate steps to implement these solutions.
This scenario is particularly commonplace in the legal field. Generally, law firms have been relatively late to turn to cloud computing technology. Now, however, many practices realize that without cloud tools, they cannot optimize in-house efficiency or client services. One of the challenges law firms face as they increasingly adopt these tools is the need to pursue cloud migration. This can be a complex process, especially considering the sensitive nature of much of a law firm’s data.
Recently, CloudTech highlighted several key best practices for law firms as they carry out the cloud migration process.
According to CloudTech, were it not for heightened privacy and compliance concerns, cloud migration for law firms would be inherently very similar to small businesses’ experiences. Yet these additional factors exert a significant influence that will play a role throughout this process.
The first step for law firms’ cloud migration efforts, according to the source, is identifying specialty areas. Most practices will be involved in several different fields, and each will have its own rules and governance issues that become relevant during a cloud migration. There is the question of whether the law firm’s data can be stored on cloud servers in another state or country. Depending on where the firm is located and the particular area of law it practices, this may have a major impact on options during data migration. The business may need to be careful, ensuring data makes its way to a private cloud solution while other information is deployed to a public cloud offering.
Law firms must thoroughly understand the nature of the data to be moved. This requires a thorough evaluation of all of the information that will make the transition to the cloud. It is quite possible some of this data actually should not undergo a migration, for governance or other reasons. Again, there may be specific restrictions law firms must work around in order to maintain compliance. Only a comprehensive analysis will allow the organization to avoid a serious error.
Better safe than sorry
The complexity of this process, and the potential consequences of mistakes, suggests most law firms would benefit from professional oversight and assistance. Considering the stakes, partnering with a well-qualified cloud migration managed service provider is well worth the investment for many firms.
Law firm decision-makers must pursue cloud migration slowly and carefully. While it may be tempting to complete the process in rapid fashion, the risk of a major error emerging is much greater with such speed.