Document management solutions are critical to the success of today’s law firm. Legal specific document management eliminates the wild, wild west approach to document storage and security and significantly improves the efficiency and productivity of legal professionals.
Selecting a document management system (DMS) can be daunting, but here are four simple steps to get you started on the path to selecting the perfect DMS for your firm or legal department.
Identify core features of your DMS:Understand the real needs of your firm before looking at a document management system. Does your firm have issues capturing emails? Are your challenges with finding documents? Are there difficulties with saving documents consistently and naming conventions? Truly recognizing the needs of your firm or department is the first step to understanding and selecting the features needed in a DMS.
Rank feature importance:One document management solution will probably not provide you with EVERYTHING on your list. Ranking your requirements will help. Know what features are critical to your firm or department. Know which ones you’d like to have but could live without and which ones you definitely do not want or need. It may be necessary to trade off some features that mean little to your process in place of ones that cannot be compromised.
Evaluate on premise solutions vs. hosted, cloud-based solutions:Understand your choices when selecting the DMS configuration that’s best for your firm. With On-premise solutions, you’ll need to consider whether you have someone with the knowledge to set-up and maintain the system, plus hardware/software costs and specialized manpower for maintenance. For hosted solutions, you’ll need to consider recurring costs (usually monthly, quarterly, or annually) to maintain servers and warehouse your documents, understand your data will live elsewhere, and maintain a strong internet connection. Identify the choice that best meets your needs and budget.
Explore solutions via demo:Document management solutions should enhance the work your firm is doing, not add more steps or additional challenges. By watching an actual demonstration and seeing how a document management system’s features are performed, you’ll be able to see which system will make your teams more productive and efficient. If a DMS says they can perform a critical function, ask them to show you how it’s done.
These simple tips will start you on a path to selecting the best DMS for your law firm or legal department. If you’d like assistance with making a software selection, we’re here to help! You can always reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or request a consultation