Eighteen months ago, we published a two-part series, “Why the Legal Industry is Embracing the Cloud.” (If you missed it, read Part One and Part Two). In detailing the many advantages and benefits that our early customers were seeing, we addressed some important concerns and answered many questions about using cloud-based technology to manage IP programs.
Lisa McFall is an IP star in Silicon Valley. After litigating patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret matters at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for a decade, she went in house at Yahoo! and ran its IP litigation and conflict management program for five years. She left in 2009 to co-found Ovidian Group, an IP strategy consultancy later acquired by Pendrell. In 2014, she became the Head of IP at Workday, a ground-breaking provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources.
Two weeks ago, in Part I of this post, we covered some Cloud Computing 101 and started to discuss how switching to the cloud increases business agility and cost efficiency, thus creating positive ROI. We also busted some popular myths about data security and availability in the Cloud. Now, let's dive a bit deeper into the benefits, specifically for corporate IP/Legal departments.
The Era of Cloud Computing
The Internet has clearly been the primary driving force in software evolution for the past decade. Cloud computing is one of the most visible results. Due to the rapid pace of hosting, availability and security innovation, adoption of cloud computing is frankly booming. In fact, it would be difficult to argue that cloud computing hasn’t been one of the biggest changes in both personal and business computing since the World Wide Web started its path to ubiquity in the mid-90s.