Note: This post was originally published by Loretta Ruppert.
How would you describe the cloud to fellow attorneys who were unfamiliar with the technology?
“As a fluffy white baby lamb. At least when the weather is nice,” according to one respondent in response to this open-ended question.
Quirky? Yes. However this survey was aimed at gauging the perception lawyers have of the cloud – and that may well be a relative sample.
Cloud-based tools aren’t new, but the legal industry has given off indications it was warming to the law cloud for some time. Often cast as slower to adapt to new technologies, a new study published today finds the law cloud is poised for substantial traction in 2014.
How high? More than 50 percent – a majority – of the 279 practicing attorneys in small law firms said they were more likely to adopt cloud tools for law firm business purposes. The results were even more significant when asked about firms: 72.4% say law firms are more likely to use the cloud in 2014.
Why the shift in perception now? The results of the study, while noteworthy, are probably a reflection of several interdependent factors have evolved over time and have left the cloud well-positions for adoption:
- Speed. Near ubiquity of high speed internet connections from cable to wireless.
- Anywhere access. A dramatic proliferation of mobile devices.
- Ease of use. The consumerization of IT and improvements in easy to use products.
- Security. Education and maturity in security measures for protecting data.
- Ethics. Clarity of ethics and attorney responsibilities from bar associations.
A high-level view of the findings from this new study is freely available in the presentation embedded nearby and a comprehensive report is available for download with registration:
LexisNexis Business of Law Insights Report: Cloud Technology in the Legal Industry.
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