Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based software platform built on a highly redundant and secure infrastructure. It is offered with a monthly or annual fee and includes many productivity tools law firms use every day, including SharePoint for intranets, Exchange for email and Office Professional for Word/Outlook/Excel.
Many law firms today purchase and upgrade server equipment every three to five years. With a migration of a few key systems, cloud-based Office 365 has the potential to remove some of the heavier upgrade requirements. With a lower per-user cost, the firm can significantly increase reliability and security by
moving to Office 365. When evaluating options for the next upgrade cycle, a decision to stay on-premise or migrate to Office 365 requires some careful planning. There are numerous factors related to existing infrastructure and software that influence the direction of this type of migration.
When considering the move to Office 365, law firms should evaluate the following eight factors that could make or break the migration.
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