Attorneys and their support staffs need effective management of their IT systems, but only the largest law firms are likely to need an entire in-house IT department. For small to medium-sized firms, outsourced Managed IT Services offer the most efficient and cost-effective option for law office IT systems management.
Information technology is integral to the daily operations of the modern law firm. Creating legal documents, organizing case files, archiving, managing communicating with clients and attorneys, invoicing, and many other essential activities are now performed through specialized IT systems for law practices.
However, even as digital systems are becoming understood throughout the legal sector as the most efficient way of functioning, and most law offices have already adopted, or are looking to make the conversion, technological advancements are continuing. Timely systems updates and upgrades are necessary for law firms to maintain optimum internal and online systems functionality.
Comprehensive Managed IT Services programs can fully maintain smooth operations of your IT network, software, and devices. Services include, for example, maintaining systems security, staff training, Help Desk support, and rapid problem resolution to prevent excessive downtime, among many other important IT services involved in comprehensive IT management. But what is the cost for professionally managed IT services?
The majority of law firms are not of a size at which having a full in-house IT department is financially practical. But, as you research Managed IT Services online, no matter how much you search ” Price For IT Services Law Offices” or use other perfectly clear search terms, you soon discover that pricing numbers do not appear to be a part of the general information provided on IT service companies’ websites. It may appear that the service providers are side-stepping the question of pricing.
The reason that prices for Managed IT Services are not included in general information is that pricing for IT services plans primarily depend on the particular needs of the individual law practice or other organization.
You’ve probably already calculated how much time and other resources your firm is wasting trying to manage IT systems properly. Now you just want to get a ballpark figure on cost for a managed IT service. To get an accurate price number requires an assessment of your firm’s needs for IT management. IT management services have to stay flexible enough with services and pricing to meet all needs of organizations with smaller and medium-sized systems and budgets than those of larger clients.
Some types of small to medium-sized law firms require the same scope of IT management that large organizations have but scaled back to fit their current size of IT network, and number of applications and users. Have a professional assessment made of your firm’s particular needs, and to obtain a price for the specific kinds and extent of services you need to maintain your IT operations properly.
The various services that your firm may need are factored into a calculation of pricing for Managed IT Services, such as:
There are more IT services that can be listed here. Services offered may vary from one provider to another. However, a good IT services provider should be able to provide you with all of the above-listed services.
NOTE: Law offices can obtain significant savings on hardware, software and other technology purchases through their Managed IT Services providers, who buy at reduced prices due to volume purchasing, further help firms minimize costs of IT operations.
It’s usually not feasible for the average-sized law firm to hire IT employees to work in-house. Finding a thoroughly skilled IT employee can be very challenging. An isolated IT employee is also far less likely to stay entirely up to date on IT industry advancements, as necessary to keep all IT systems and security measures updated and upgraded as needed to maintain systems optimally, by current standards.
Managed IT Service providers provide comprehensive IT management, 24/7 IT Help Desk support, reporting, IT strategic planning, supplier auditing, and many more services. Law firms often find that a Managed IT Services plan costs much less than they would need to budget to support a much smaller in-house IT team. The quality of IT systems management you can expect from a team of true IT experts is also naturally much higher.
The usual inclusions in Managed IT programs, as described above, give you a pretty good idea of the kinds of elements that are involved in pricing for individual plans. Following three service plan pricing models are the most common for Managed IT Services:
Law firms with more than 150 users may be able to support a full-scale IT department in-house at a lower cost than for outsourced IT management services. However, for smaller to mid-sized firms, outsourced IT management is usually more cost-effective.
Managed IT Services are also generally more convenient and practical for smaller law practices for a range of reasons. For example, with outsourced IT management, you don’t lose your IT solution during the lone IT employee’s vacation or sick days, and you don’t incur added employee benefits costs, etc. A Managed IT Services company also offers many years of combined experience to resolving IT issues than a lone IT employee and is much more likely to stay current with all of the continuous advancements in IT industry knowledge.
Parkway Tech is a Law Firm Focused IT Company. We provide Managed IT Services for law firms in Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Charlotte and throughout North Carolina. We are well experienced in managing the challenges of IT systems management for North Carolina legal practices.
We provide services such as comprehensive IT management, IT support, cybersecurity, Cloud solutions, and strategic IT consulting for growing law firms. We serve many types of North Carolina law firms, from personal injury to litigation, to estate planning. We work with a wide variety of legal case management IT systems, including Clio, Amicus, Time Matters and others.
We can help your firm identify the most cost-effective Managed IT Services program appropriate for your needs, so you can leave the management of your IT systems to trusted experts and fully focus on practicing law. We can assess your firm’s IT management needs, and provide you with expert consultation on how we can most cost-effectively help you maximize your IT systems efficiency to enable your firm’s and employees’ maximum productivity.
For more information about Managed IT Services for law firms in North Carolina, just Google search “Managed IT Services Law Firms“, or contact Parkway Tech by calling (336) 310-9888, or visit our website. Our highly knowledgeable staff are here to provide you with expert consultation.
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