October 27th, 2010 by Gwynne Monahan
In a new white paper, internationally respected legal technology expert Brett Burney offers five reasons lawyers should be in “the cloud.” He also demonstrates how cloud computing, or Software-as-a-Service (Saas), offers benefits to lawyers without disregarding their ethical responsibilities.
Key points of being in “the cloud” include:
- A higher standard of protection than most law firms can provide with on-premise solutions
- A higher standard of communication privacy than email
- More economical than maintenance, upgrades and licenses for desktop (traditional) software
- Data is easily accessible yet secure
- “Less is more” approach to features so you worry less about learning it and focus more on your practice
Burney lays out a strong case that cloud computing meets standards for client confidentiality, professional conduct and ethics found, as echoed by the Proposed North Carolina Ethics Opinion and the Arizona Ethics Opinion on offsite back services.
Still uneasy, or curious? Go ahead and read the full white paper (PDF), and let us know what you think.