How Does Your Firm’s IT Infrastructure Measure Up?
Web-based services are taking the world of modern business by storm, and the legal field is far from being exempt. In a modern law office, technology plays a vital role in every element of daily operations. In fact, traditional brick-and-mortar firms are increasingly having to compete with virtual law firms for clients!
To put it simply, the game has changed – and technology’s impact on law firms is constantly evolving.
Located two floors above the YJT Solutions office at 190 S LaSalle is “The Library,” an event venue that we enjoy visiting with our clients. But in another life, this space served as the Mayer Law Library. The walls are lined with volumes of books, which were once used for research and reference, but are now just a part of the charming décor.
Law books have been replaced with legal databases like LexisNexis, which are readily available with an internet connection. Add the requirement of having 24×7 remote accessibility into the mix, along with resources like eDiscovery, litigation support software and collaboration tools, and it becomes evident that technology has embedded itself into the very essence of the legal profession.
In order to stay relevant and better serve clients seeking legal services, it is essential that law firms embrace technology excellence and innovation as a fundamental part of their practice. While we recognize that no web service or tool can entirely replace the benefits of individual counsel, it is a mistake to think that these services will not fundamentally change the way legal services are delivered in the future.
Advances in internet-based services and AI (artificial intelligence) are being made every day, so it is rapidly becoming easier to miss the boat and get left in the wake. This risk is why every law firm needs to be aware, and even a little bit obsessive, about technology right now.
It is 2017, and simply keeping things up and running has had its day – now is the time to innovate and ensure that your practice stays competitive far into the future. In order to even entertain ideas of business technology, your firm needs to establish a solid IT foundation of operational readiness.
Once you have completed all 5 questions, add up the numbers associated with your answers to get your IT Operational Readiness Score. Check out the ranges below to learn more what your score means:
If you scored between:
5 – 10: You are in danger of becoming obsolete sooner than you think.
11 – 15: You have some serious foundational IT work to do that can be efficiently and effectively completed by a strong outsourced IT partner.
16 – 20: You have a few areas that can be shored up – probably faster than you think – by leveraging a qualified IT partner. Start thinking about innovative ways to compete!
21-25: You are ready to innovate and win the game if you’re not there already!