Cloud Migration is the Greatest Silver Lining to COVID-19
Almost a trillion dollars will be spent worldwide on cloud services in 2020, according to Statistica ($992 billion to be exact). And that number is growing exponentially.
If there’s one thing that 2020 has taught us, it’s the importance of being flexible with our colleagues and in our workspaces. When hundreds of thousands of us switched to work-from-home arrangements, essentially overnight, technology teams were put to the test to accommodate an influx of remote accessibility needs.
Now that things have settled somewhat, many firms are stepping back to analyze their best path forward. Compliance, employee ease of use, and security are some of the priorities taking the forefront as 2020 draws to a close.
For those continuing to press forward into a cloud migration, there are three essential considerations to keep top of mind.
Cybercriminals know that the perimeter of nearly every company’s network has expanded immensely this year. That means vulnerabilities, which equals opportunities for hackers and the like.
Law firms are fortunate that they have fewer compliance requirements to meet in order to do business, but more and more firms are being pressured by their corporate clients to acknowledge and provide documentation on their security policies.
Even though PCI, DFRAS, and HIPAA may not apply to all legal entities, those who can comply and provide security assurances around these compliances will be more attractive partners to companies who do have to follow their standards.
By partnering with a reputable cloud provider, firms will instantly boost their security posture to match that of their cloud provider.
After all, even before the pandemic, almost all cyberattacks were preventable. In 2018, which admittedly seems like a lifetime ago, more than 2 million cyber incidents racked up a minimum of $45 billion in losses to businesses and individuals.
Today’s workers are more committed than ever to be productive, engaged colleagues for their teammates and clients. They know that the benefits of mobile workplaces require them to show top-notch results and they need access to their work tools anytime anywhere.
Moving your mission-critical applications — at the very least — to the cloud will allow for remote access away from the office, ensuring your teammates can access what they need when they need it.
And all this remote work reinforces the need for innovative security solutions, from the storage devices all the way to end-users and mobile tools. Being able to work virtually has moved from a nice-to-have to a must-have in today’s technological solutions.
There’s no compelling reason to limit your cloud journey to one service with one provider. Because there are numerous solutions for your workflows, consider diversifying your relationships, putting applications into a couple of diverse cloud service providers.
Experts agree that this is a good idea.
According to a study released by Gartner, business leaders are wise to at least consider — and potentially invest in — more than one cloud option.
The evolving nature of cloud services and challenges in interoperability standards make the choice to focus on one cloud option less important. Instead, “a cloud strategy should be based on aligning business goals with potential benefits,” the report explains. “A single cloud strategy makes sense if it makes use of a decision framework that allows for and expects multiple answers.”
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At Rekall Technologies, we specialize in helping law firms manage their technology in an affordable, highly secure, and reliable way. We know that your time is valuable and our goal is to keep your colleagues functioning at the highest levels possible.
Every firm relies on technology and it makes sense to have IT experts in your corner.
I’ve been working with law firms for many years simplifying their technologies while offering them the very best services & support. The model that I have created is based on the reality that IT sucks, and frankly, no one likes it. My experience tells me that this is especially true for law firms. In coming to that realization years ago I had to change the way I did business. Among many other services that we had to offer, in order to cater to law firms specifically, we had to become invisible and that’s exactly what we have accomplished.