Law firms already have learned enough about practicing law. However, they haven’t learned about managing their firm’s technology. This can be a real pain, given the vital role an effective IT platform plays in today’s law practice. We can help here with a little primer on the basics of IT services in San Antonio platforms for law firms.
All law firms basically need to take care of the following:
- Files and documents, case and client records
- Billing and accounting
- Communications, scheduling, and electronic filing
Today, law firms have a choice of three basic types of IT platform:
- On-premises server-based
- Hosted server-based
This is very much the old school. Your IT platform runs on a server that sits inside your own offices. Many years ago, there were no other options, and indeed today, this remains the choice for the biggest enterprises. However, on-premises server-based IT platforms require relatively large investments in hardware and software, as well as the IT skills needed to support the system. They also require the implementation of robust backup and disaster recovery strategies, which bring further complication and costs.
IT services providers in San Antonio manage hosted server-based IT platforms. Hosted server-based solutions, also called Private Cloud, are a great middle ground for many larger law firms. They provide the levels of control and customization that some operations feel they need, leaving the onerous task of supporting the IT hardware (and in many cases much of the software) to a separate IT company. Hosted server-based IT platforms can be accessed from anywhere there is internet access using almost any kind of digital device.
Web-based IT platforms, also known as SaaS (Software as a Service), are very popular. If you use anything like Gmail, Microsoft Office 365, or Slack, then you already have experience with SaaS solutions. SaaS platforms are an ideal choice for many lawyers. They eliminate the need to understand IT and vastly reduce the challenge for law firms that need robust, enterprise-quality IT without the cost and complexity. The popular solutions bundle file and document management, security, accounting/billing, and communications features into one always-on system that can be accessed using any device.
The world of IT can be complex. Finding an IT platform can prove a major headache for law firms seeking to remain effective, flexible, and compliant with regulations. Let IT services experts in San Antonio handle the load for you. Contact us now at ICS for more information.