March 26, 2019 Law Practice Management

Converting to the Cloud – Stormy Weather and Silver Linings

By Meredith McBride

This fall, after months of contemplation, my firm finally converted its computer infrastructure to one based entirely in “the cloud” – short for “cloud computing”, where both our data and the applications we use to interact with it all reside on internet-connected machines somewhere outside of our office. The conversion was a long time coming and something I was looking forward to. The convenience of working from any location without the restrictions of using something like LogMeIn to access my client files (which I found to be slow, with poor image quality and the unfortunate requirement that my office PC had to be on to be functional) was something to be celebrated. However, as with everything in life, the process of migrating our office to the cloud was not all roses. Consider this a tale of caution.  This fall, after months of contemplation, my firm finally converted its computer infrastructure to one based entirely in “the cloud” – short for “cloud computing”, where both our data and the applications we use to interact with it all reside on internet-connected machines somewhere outside of our office. The conversion was a long time coming and something I was looking forward to. The convenience of working from any location without the restrictions of using something like LogMeIn to access my client files (which I found to be slow, with poor image quality and the unfortunate requirement that my office PC had to be on to be functional) was something to be celebrated. However, as with everything in life, the process of migrating our office to the cloud was not all roses. Consider this a tale of caution.  

Transitioning a firm to the cloud is not without difficulties, but there is little question it’s the future of law practice and business in general.

Transitioning a firm to the cloud is not without difficulties, but there is little question it’s the future of law practice and business in general.

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