You’ve been informed that your law firm’s servers are approaching “end of life” (EOL), and you have to make an IT decision soon. You likely invested quite a lot of time, research and money into your firm’s current technology, and you may feel less than thrilled about going through the IT planning and purchase process all over again.
It's the long weekend, you're away with family and an unexpected deadline comes up. Your client or partner is waiting on you, and you can't get your large document to transfer from one application to another. You decide to bypass the problem and email it to yourself using your spouse's gmail account. There, problem solved.
If your law firm is like many small-to-medium-sized Canadian firms, you're facing an increasing volume of electronic files and correspondence. Your firm may also face related challenges around reproducing work, collaborating on and versioning documents and responding quickly to client demands.
Adopting tech that’s new to your firm may seem like a bigger challenge than keeping your old on-site model. Despite expressing frustration with the cost and hassle of updates, downtime, and capital expenditure, some law firms still lean toward on-site systems – just because they are comfortable with what’s familiar.