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SlideShare Friday:  Small Law Cloud Best Practices

Cloud Best Practices for Small Law

The conversation about cloud computing for law firms has changed, according to a recent panel at LegalTech NY.  It’s no longer a question of is the cloud secure, but rather a question of how we can make it more secure.

In order to improve on an idea, small law must have a baseline understanding of the cloud.  We recently spotted a solid presentation by Network 1 Consulting, which will be the second such presentation we’ve seen and published as part of the Friday Share series.

Cloud Best Practices for Small Law Firms

The presentation defines small law by count the number of attorneys employed by a firm, which it puts as ranging from 5 to 55.  It also points to typical services lawyers already use – file sharing or email services for example – as a mechanism for defining the cloud.

Benefits of the cloud include the ease of keeping software updated, better security and price and flexibility, according to the presentation.  Drawbacks include examining the long term viability of the service provider, where for example, a business acquisition or even bankruptcy could impact service.

The most useful section comes in the form of best practices for selecting a cloud provider and includes (among others):

  • What are the stated service levels?
  • How do they back up your data?
  • How will you get your data if they go out of business?

The full presentation is embedded nearby.  It runs just 16 slides and may prove to be a handy checklist for small law firms considering moving to the cloud.


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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director for the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity, he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and later as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University. He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license.
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