An interesting note that the conversation about cloud has now moved to a when question not an if.
Given Microsoft has released Windows Azure, a cloud product on par with Vista, Server and Mobile it shouldn’t be surprising. Given traffic to Amazon’s servers from their cloud products exceed their e-commerce traffic it shouldn’t be surprising.
But the “fortress” keepers in corporate and legal IT departments continue to have their head in the sand. The “behind my firewall” approach is already an ananchronism.
The technology implications were obvious – there is no way to manage the tsunami of ESI barreling down the pipeline.
But now the economic implications are accelerating that timeline. This article says that the public sector is going to go cloud within the next 18 months! Mostly because it’s already happening, users on their own are utilizing web based applications.
Today’s technology models in the legal industry are fundamentally flawed. The public sector seems to get it, the venture capital industry gets it, and the major technology companies get it, how long will it take legal industry to figure it out?
Hopefully not as long as it took to figure out the PC (I remember lawyers having their secretaries respond to their emails for them because they didn’t type).
At least it won’t take as long if we have a say in it. We turns the cloud into a utility, like electricity, that lets lawyers get back to being lawyers.
Because of this, we eliminate the schism between IT and the core value of lawyers in corporations and law firms,which is providing smart, sensible legal counsel, not processing, managing or hosting electronic data.
Leave that stuff for the cloud.