Top 5 Legal IT Trends in 2012: Cloud Computing

by David Gracey


Tony asked me to write his next blog out of fear that Richard might get ahead!

The “cloud” means lots of different things to various people.  By now just about everyone has read an article about how the cloud is changing the future of computing.  And it is, to an extent.

Businesses have to be smart about how they incorporate cloud technology in order to minimize risk and maximize their investment.  To the majority of businesses with fewer than 100 employees, getting the most bang for their IT-buck is key when it comes to implementing cloud technology.

Law firms that outsource some of their technology should consider picking the low-hanging cloud fruit first.  The lowest risk, highest impact cloud service now is hosted email.  In a cloud service offering, migrating a firm’s email to a hosted email provider accomplishes the primary goal of cloud: delivering reliable service at a fixed monthly cost.  When it comes to picking a provider, we avoid the biggest (Microsoft, Google) and smallest (the guy with a server in his basement) and stick with the “Goldilocks” providers: those who are big enough to deliver but small enough to answer the phone when you have a problem.

With proper planning, the migration of email to the cloud can be done with minimal disruption.

Network 1 Consulting is a 13-year-old, IT Support company in Atlanta, GA.  We become – or augment – the IT department for professional services companies: law firms, medical practices and financial services firms.  Our IT experts can fix computers – but what our clients really value is the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firm.  This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly.  We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.

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David Gracey: Since its founding in 1998, David has grown Network 1 into a top-notch IT services company dedicated to delivering the best solutions for Atlanta’s small and mid-size businesses. His responsibilities include creating the vision and strategy for its growth and establishing the culture of Network 1.

Network 1 designs, builds and supports the IT you need to run your business more securely, productively and successfully. Whether you want to outsource all of your IT needs to a reliable, responsive, service-oriented company, or need to supplement the work of your internal IT staff, we will carefully evaluate where you are now, discuss where you want to go and implement and support a plan to get you there with as little interruption as possible.

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