Take it to the cloud – the role of hybrid in the legal sector

The legal sector is in a state of constant change, driven by compliance and regulatory requirements, intense competition and the ever-present need to be more cost effective,
while also maintaining or increasing productivity.

Traditionally law firms have been slower to adopt new technologies or consider how advances
in IT can benefit operations. This is mainly due to issues around security, data privacy and
compliance, especially when it comes to the cloud. There may also be a lack of in-house skills
or resources to properly understand the new technology and how it can be adopted for the
business for maximum benefit.

The appetite for new technologies is growing. This is particularly true for cloud, as it is often
seen as a way in which to enable further digital transformation initiatives, as well as improve
operations and reduce overall costs.

According to the CIO Survey 2016¹, respondents in business and professional services identified
improving resiliency and availability as the top reason for cloud adoption. This was followed
by improved agility and because it was the best solution available.

When it comes to actual adoption figures, the same survey found a significant increase
in investment across cloud models. In the next three years, respondents said spend would
increase 58% for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), 100% for platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and
55% for software-as-a-service (SaaS). Interestingly, SaaS showed the highest investment figures.

Despite this increase in interest in cloud, there remain challenges for firms in fully realising
the benefits that any kind of migration could bring