|[January 22, 2014]
Survey: Cloud Technology in Business of Law Poised for Dramatic Adoption
CARY, N.C. --(Business Wire)--
LexisNexis (News - Alert)® Legal & Professional, a leading provider of content and
technology solutions, announced today the results
of a survey demonstrating significant enthusiasm for cloud-based
technologies in the legal industry. The survey, conducted by the LexisNexis
Firm Manager® team found that 72 percent of practicing attorneys at
independent law firms in the U.S. are more likely to use cloud tools in
2014 than the previous year.
A report based on the survey published today, finds that about 40
percent of practicing attorneys in independent U.S. law firms are
already using cloud-based tools which is up nearly 10 percent over
previous industry studies released in the last 12 months or so. Forty
percent of respondents believe that cloud-based tools will eclipse
premise-based solutions in the next three to five years.
"While it's taken the legal industry a bit longer than other industries
to come around to the cloud, client expectations for collaborative
services, combined with the efficiency, accessibility, and lower total
cost are driving the independent attorney to adopt the cloud," said Loretta
Ruppert, senior director for Community Management, with the
LexisNexis Firm Manager group. "We've clearly hit a tipping point as the
gap between early adopters and the mainstream market is closing; 2014 is
poised to be the year of the clou in small law."
Other key findings in the survey include:
Law cloud is poised for mass adoption. A majority of individual
lawyers (50%) said they are more likely to use the cloud next year.
Firm-wide, the results were more dramatic with 72% saying their firm
is more likely to use the cloud in 2014.
Security, ethics represent largest concerns. While attorneys in
small law firms cite security concerns - just 41% believe confidential
data stored in the cloud is safe from intrusion or unauthorized
access; most report being more likely to adopt the cloud in 2014.
Hacking scandals and data leaks breed concern for cloud security. Most
respondents are unsure of cloud security: 59% said the cloud was not
secure, they were unsure, or that security depended on other factors.
By contrast, just nine percent explicitly said "no" the cloud was not
secure; some cite government snooping explicitly as a concern.
Will the cloud eclipse premise-based solutions in five years? Nearly
40% of respondents said they believe cloud-based tools will eclipse
premise-based tools in 3 to 5 years. An additional 34% believe a cloud
eclipse of premise-based solutions will take place but will require
five or more years.
This survey aimed at understanding the perceptions of independent
lawyers, working at U.S.-based small law firms, have of cloud technology
and services. The survey was conducted online from December 5 to
December 18, 2013. Respondents were required to identify as a practicing
attorney in a law firm that employs no more than 20 lawyers. Two-hundred
and seventy nine attorneys from across more than a dozen different
practice areas, and representing 44 different states or territories,
including Washington, D.C. participated.
Survey results are freely available in a slide presentation embedded on
in a blog post on the Business of Law Blog and a comprehensive report is
available for download with registration: http://businessoflawblog.com/2014/01/law-cloud-survey-2014/
About LexisNexis Legal & Professional
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