Planning a Cloud Migration? Practical Considerations for Law Firms

Cloud migration offers both benefits and challenges. A recent Forrester survey asked about perceived challenges in cloud migration and actual challenges experienced. The primary challenges respondents cited were security, privacy and network design. If successful, however, cloud migration can improve each of those three areas. Respondents also cited several improvements offered by the cloud: a faster time to deploy, quick and easy scaling, ease of administration and outsourcing as improved tasks. Cost should not be the reason for a cloud migration. Migration rarely generates savings, although it can be used to avoid significant data center capital expenses. Cost savings typically occur when a business is considering reinvesting in a new data center or a refresh. In a cloud migration, if not planned correctly, the unpredictability of cost can become a nightmare.

Despite some of their initial reluctance, law firms are increasingly moving to the cloud. The current remote working environment has augmented firms’ interest because of the increased accessibility of various applications. Our prior whitepapers, Forecast: Law Firms Will Be Cloud Ready By 2021 and Law Firm Cloud Strategy: More Than “Cloud First,” describe some of the strategic issues for law firms’ cloud migrations. This whitepaper discusses the details of the actual migration of applications to the cloud. A successful cloud migration involves several considerations: strategic business considerations; planning and budgeting; cloud readiness; adoption (the actual migration); and governance. 

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