There are Still Significant Miles to Travel in the World of Cloud Computing

Robert Ambrogi’s, LawSites blog, highlights the results of a recently published LexisNexis study regarding cloud computing.

Cloud Computing Survey

 

Robert points out that the survey is limited to firms with less than 20 lawyers, which I believe is significant enough to show the actual trends of solo and small firm practitioners.

I’m surprised by some of the results, especially, as Robert notes, security concerns: “[W]hen asked why they believe the cloud is not secure, a significant number of respondents cited fear of access by the government or the NSA. They also cited fear of hackers and rogue employees of the cloud vendor.” More importantly, “the survey nonetheless found that 41% of small-firm lawyers believe that the cloud is secure and only 9% say it is unsecure.”

The cloud is essential for lawyers using mobile devices. Although there are some security concerns, I believe that big companies, such as Google, are actually doing more for your data than you are. Cloud computing can also offer financial advantages over traditional computing methods. Attorneys need to start warming up to the idea of cloud solutions, since many products and services will head in that direction.

I advocate utmost diligence if your firm is considering cloud services. Most cloud practice management companies offer 30 day trials (which really isn’t enough time to learn and use) to review their products. Further, cloud storage options like Dropbox, Bitcasa, and Drive have free options to coincide with their fee-based services. Examine and review your cloud provider thoroughly, and most importantly, read their terms of service, privacy policies, and ask questions regarding their handling of your data (especially off-shore data storage).

Here’s the full slideshow, if you want to see a summary of the survey results.

 

One Response to There are Still Significant Miles to Travel in the World of Cloud Computing

  1. Cloud computing is a must going forward. The holy grail to me is a system where I can securely store my data server in the cloud and access seamlessly anywhere in the world without having to download a local copy of files and then reupload later (like what I have to do with Microsoft Small Business Server). Ideally if I can use Chrome and Drive to host my data and edit and view it, that would be best. However, as I’ve mentioned to you, Jeff, I have yet to figure out how to create and use California pleading paper in Drive.

    Does anyone know how to create CA pleading paper in Drive? Should I hold a contest for Google engineers to figure out how?

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