According to the American Bar Association’s 2011 Legal Technology Survey, the main reason lawyers use cloud computing platforms is convenience. Seventy percent of attorneys who use cloud services cited the ability to access data from anywhere as the main incentive. Simplicity and affordability were also cited as important factors. Low cost was important to 49 percent, quick startup time was a factor at 44 percent, and 43 percent appreciated the ability to eliminate IT staff and software management requirements.
Finally, 55 percent stressed the importance of 24/7 access to data—a benefit that became all too apparent in October when Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast, leaving a trail of destruction in her wake.