Productivity is the great goal of business. If you’re a Microsoft 365 user, you have access to a tool that can easily increase your process efficiency. Here’s what you need to know about Microsoft’s Power Automate.
The law industry isn’t known for embracing change quickly: tradition can trump a willingness to embrace new technologies. Yet digital technology has become an essential part of many lawyers' working day. Partnering with a managed service provider (MSP) provides support and enhanced cybersecurity during this evolution.
Lawyers Rely on Technology Today to:
- communicate with colleagues and clients;
- exchange documents;
- schedule events and share calendars;
- research precedent and legal issues;
- streamline file management;
- automate menial tasks;
- track billable hours;
- invoice clients and pay vendors;
- access information from mobile devices, when and where needed;
- virtually conference during the pandemic.
Now, imagine the disruption if that tech-savvy firm’s systems went down, even just for a few hours. No, this is not an argument to return to paper-pushing and the old-school methods; it’s a reminder that you need an IT expert at the ready in case something goes wrong. Plus, an MSP can manage and watch systems to help prevent the worst.
The MSP Solution
Legal service provider clients expect digital proficiency. They want to schedule appointments online; they want to upload documents to the cloud instead of coming into the office; they are looking to provide digital signatures and pay securely online. The MSP can set up software to meet customer expectations without risking compliance or cybersecurity.
An MSP with experience in the legal industry can also boost competitive advantage. These IT experts can identify opportunities to improve productivity. It may be a faster network or computer upgrades, or you may benefit from improving software integrations and adopting better collaboration tools. The MSP’s initial tech review may also save you money. They'll identify where you are overpaying or places to streamline software licenses.
Also, on the financial front, the law firm can enjoy a consistent budget line item working with an MSP. Instead of waiting for something to break and then looking for someone to fix it, you’ll have expert ITs on call, which can reduce costly downtime. Better still, the MSP will take preventative action to avoid that downtime in the first place. This includes keeping your antivirus and security updated and checking technological asset health.
The law profession has been slow to embrace virtual work. It’s a people-oriented business, and there is great reliance on sensitive files and court documents, yet the pandemic pushed lawyers – and the rest of us – to embrace more digital technology.
Sure, lawyers were using mobile devices before. They worked in satellite offices, on-site with clients, or from home. Still, the profession’s traditionalists were loathing putting paperwork online or meeting virtually. Now they have to do so.
The public cloud services market has grown dramatically, and, according to Gartner, migrating to the cloud is a top priority for a third of companies. Analysts predicted the market would reach $266 billion in 2020. Accountants enjoy cloud computing, too. This article rounds up the advantages of available cloud services.
Cloud computing can help accountants:
- improve productivity;
- empower employees;
- optimize operations;
- reduce operating costs;
- backup better;
- scale effectively;
- add security.
Let’s talk about each of these in greater detail.
#1 Improve productivity
Cloud computing centralizes access. Files are available on any connected device, in real time. Avoid version control concerns as files pass among your team members or between you and the client. Everyone can work on the most recent file that is instantly updated in the cloud. The files are accessible on other devices if needed, too.
#2 Empower employees
The cloud enables on-demand access to computing resources. This includes software, networks, servers, and storage applications. Accountants can work from wherever they are, on their own timetable, from their own devices. With the widespread adoption of remote work, cloud services have become even more appealing.
Microsoft 365 represents a complete shift in the way we interact with modern business computing. If you haven't been introduced to it yet, now could be the time. Similar to the Microsoft Office desktop package that businesses have relied on for decades; Microsoft 365 does even more to provide the critical tools you need to modernize your business environment and take control of your business.
Built with the cloud in mind, Microsoft 365 allows you to access and modify your documents from any computer, tablet, or smartphone worldwide. These same cloud capabilities bring benefits to collaboration too. Groups and teams can work on a single document or group of files at the same time to maximize productivity and save time ahead of tight deadlines.
Safety, accessibility, and productivity are some of the amazing benefits Microsoft 365 has introduced to modern business. Each one has clear, but obvious benefits that can be applied.
This article breaks down the less obvious, but equally important aspects of Microsoft 365 that could apply within your firm. These features, unique to cloud-ready office packages, allow you to regain and maintain control of your business in any working environment.
Bringing You Additional Resources
There are times on projects where you need to collaborate with external
contractors. Whether utilizing a skilled sales copywriter, data entry
processor, or extra software developer; your business should be able to make
full use of a boost in manpower when it needs it. To do this, you need to
provide access to internal resources and systems.
The public cloud service market is growing. Software, infrastructure, desktop, and other service numbers are all on the rise. Yet some businesses are still holding back from migrating to the cloud. This article addresses common resistance to this highly scalable and cost-effective solution.
#1 Fear of Losing Control
“I want full responsibility for my IT.” Moving to the public cloud means partnering with a vendor. Some of your existing technology can move as is, whereas other tools your people rely on may need replacement or redesign.
One solution is to migrate to a private cloud. This allows you to continue to control the data environment but will be a more costly solution than a public alternative. When partnering with a public cloud service provider, establish clear responsibilities. Ensure you’re both on the same page about who is accountable for what.
#2 Fear of Change
“If it ain’t broke, why fix it,” especially when it comes to business computing, right? Transitioning from one datacenter to another requires preparation and effort.
Yet the resulting greater flexibility makes the work worthwhile. Cloud migration is appealing because the technology offers, among other things:
has grown to new heights in recent years. Ten years ago 'the cloud' was jargon
almost nobody was aware of, today it is a phrase used almost daily in offices
worldwide. More and more businesses today are taking advantage of the huge
benefits cloud services have to offer.
The sudden and widespread adoption of this new technology has raised questions too. Some want to fully understand what the cloud is before committing their vital company data to it. Most want to find out what the cloud can do for them. Everyone wants to know, is it safe?
What Is The Cloud?
The Cloud is an
abstract name for an engineering principle that allows you to store, retrieve,
and work on your data without worrying about the specifics of precisely where
or how it is kept. Storing your data on the cloud essentially means saving it
on a server without worrying about the fine details.
Your data may be
stored on a single computer, or distributed across multiple servers all around
the world. Most often it's stored across one or more data centers as close as
possible to your physical location.
perspective of the end user, the big idea behind the cloud is that where data
is stored ultimately doesn't matter to you. Your cloud server takes care of
retrieving your data as quickly and efficiently as possible.
computing is the biggest buzzword in business today, and for good reason too.
The cloud provides many a new-found freedom to do and achieve more than ever
before. Greater collaboration, unlocking work possibilities in new locations
and often reducing costs provides a healthy boost for many companies.
is unique however, and cloud solutions don't fit for every scenario. Connection
issues, internet plans, or technical requirements can rule it out as an option
in some instances. In these situations, we might install a Network Attached
Storage (NAS) solution instead. Which is a very small server with lots of hard
A NAS is particularly popular in small, mid-sized businesses, and even home environments. Due to their low power consumption, small footprint, and low cost, they often represent an ideal upgrade. Power users and businesses can enhance their networks and get more out of their systems by employing a NAS device to do the heavy lifting.
Reliable, Fast Access
property can’t achieve lightning fast internet speeds or services aren't
reliable enough to run a business on; a NAS solution is ideal for the job —
serving files locally rather than from a remote server can save vast amounts on
uploads and downloads.
Many of the benefits
of the cloud can be created locally inside your home or office. Network storage
allows you to save and retrieve files from multiple devices with fast local
network speeds. Rather than being limited by the speeds offered by your ISP;
you can complete file transfers, backups, and sharing at the speed of the
hardware you purchase yourself.