As I walked the expo floor at the recent Legal Marketing Association LMA P3 conference, I, like the other attendees and vendors, listened closely to hear new trends and insights. What better opportunity than at LMA P3? This conference, which focuses on three disciplines: project management, pricing and process improvement, draws world-class speakers, pricing analysts, legal project management experts and seasoned practice managers from some of the largest firms nationwide.
And there we were together, under the gentle buzz of fluorescent lights, all seeking the same thing: innovation. As I spoke to one of these attendees, I heard a phrase that never fails to make my heart sink:. Individually, we as consumers, take advantage of cloud-based services all the time, so why does it seem so radical to use this decades-old technology for business of law?
The objections I often hear range from skepticism of the security of cloud-based technology, to a simple preference for on-premise storage. Coming from a legal background, I understand the basis of these concerns and the challenge of introducing change into an environment that is, by definition, risk-averse. But as a self-proclaimed legal tech nerd, I simply must object.
The benefits of a cloud-based platform are overwhelming. Relationships between clients and law firms are changing, and clients are driving this change. They are constantly asking for more control, easier collaboration and clear visibility into their matters. That means you have to be adapt quickly and reliably. At the same time, clients demand incredibly high security as they entrust you with their greatest and most valuable asset—their data. A cloud-based platform can answer both of these requirements, offering collaboration and security neatly packaged in one, user-friendly, responsive software.
To help, I offer you my top five reasons to get ready for cloud-based software. Cloud-based platforms are invested in keeping you, as the client, happy. We deploy military-grade security and proprietary strategies and coding throughout the platform. We host data in the most secure environment available. Our data centers have physical security, including around-the-clock video surveillance, credentialed entry and biometric scanning.
You can just go on and grow. Cloud-based platforms understand, so if your data needs change mid-stream, they can efficiently and effectively scale to meet your needs. Data security is becoming a top priority around the world, as evidenced by data security and privacy regulations popping up around the world.
The biggest of these is GDPR. GDPR went into effect on May 25, , making compliance even more urgent. Our team has an average of 15 years of experience and specialize in cryptography, security analysis, security architecture and a host of others areas that sound like they come straight from a blockbuster sci-fi movie. We have to be ready for the next virus, the next hacker, the next threat to our data. We constantly put ourselves to the test as we perform security assessments, review processes and complete security audits to make sure your data is safe from everyday attacks.
The potential of a secure , cloud-based collaboration platform is worth getting ready for. Luke Kopmeyer is a solutions consultant at HighQ. He has over 10 years of legal experience working as a practicing attorney, eDiscovery project manager and analytics consultant. Prior to joining HighQ in , Luke earned his Relativity Expert certification and was tasked with training and development as well as analytics consulting for the client services department at Advanced Discovery. At HighQ, Luke focuses on developing innovative technology solutions for legal departments and law firms.
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