Is your Law Firm looking to get the most out of your technology?
Tired of excuses and sub-par performance impacting your practice?
Technology Associates has the needed experience in the legal industry and an unparalleled process that delivers results. Our mission is to manage your firm’s technology, eliminate the nagging issues your people most often deal with and deliver the strategy, budgeting and guidance necessary to stay competitive.
Why is finding quality IT Support for Law Firms so hard?
For the legal industry especially, time is money. That’s why quickly responding to your issues and getting you back up and running is so vital to the legal industry. From attorneys to paralegals to support staff to clients – urgency is the word of the day.
Lot’s of IT support companies claim to be able to get you the result you need so why is it that so many law firms aren’t happy with their managed services provider and have a nagging feeling that there is something lacking.
It boils down to the process that your IT services vendor uses to manage your firm’s technology.
99% of IT support vendors are focused on fixing problems, which you would think would be a good thing and for some industries this approach works just fine. But fixing the same problem over and over again, no matter how fast they fix an issue it still sucks away focus and efficiency, the life blood of a profitable law practice.
You would think they would fix it right, once and for all but here is where the problem lies – as long as your managed services provider is solely focused on fixing reactive problems and they can send you a bill for every problem they fix, where is their incentive to correct issues once and for all.
Never mind getting ahead of the environment and preventing problems before they happen.
This is the reality many law firms live with – constant and repeat problems, calling back again and again to get problems fixed all the while wondering why it has to be this way.
We used to struggle providing IT Services for Law Firms too!
Back in the day, we used to do things the same way. Focus all of our time and resources on resolving issues as fast as possible and hoping that we could stay ahead of problems.
We would assign a guy to a few customers, hope they could stay on top of all the issues, and, if possible, keep the documentation updated, implement our best practices and, provide strategy and guidance. RIGHT!
Of course this didn’t work and our customers got the same results they did from all the other “me too” Managed Services Providers out there. We were jumping from one emergency to the next while “non critical” items fell by the way side until we had a few extra hours – but those extra hours never appeared.
For years we thought the key to making all this work was just finding the best people, carefully documenting our process and training them well. We thought that with the right people we could make this work, someone that was good a “multi-tacking” who could smoothly juggle multiple competing priorities all while giving top-notch customer service.
We wasted a ton of time and effort trying to fit all the pieces together to find the perfect configuration for a Managed IT services company all in the hopes we would hit on the magic mix of staff members who could deliver support smoothly and consistently. It was as frustrating for us and it was for our customers.
A fundamental shift was needed in Managed Services for Law Firms
Giving up isn’t in our nature but sometimes you need to throw away what you have, start with a clean slate in order to make dramatic leaps forward.
You wouldn’t think it would be so dang hard to provide Managed IT Support for the law practices…
Like many industries, the practice of law requires a few tools; reliable email, standard office apps like Word (WordPerfect for those of us who have been around for a while!) and Excel. Certainly law firms have some pretty special line of business applications like;
- Amicus Attorney
- Sage TimeSlips
- Tabs3 / Practicemaster
- LexisNexis PCLaw
- LexisNexis Time Matters
- Westlaw Products, like Westlaw CaseLogistix
- and others
From the outside, providing IT services looks easy!
But studying our customer’s environment was looking in the wrong direction, we had to look at our processes for the magic.
It wasn’t until we looked at each work role required for complete IT services individually, and put people in dedicated roles, all focused on driving results for our customer were we able to start making progress. Put another way – you can’t have your front-line customer support team also doing documentation and procedures and giving guidance when they can fit it in – because you never get those empty hours!
Hiring and training a major part of our IT support staff to step into (and stay in) purely proactive roles – that was the secret. Dedicated people in dedicated roles, everyone with tight processes and metrics, focused on driving specific results for our clients.
Having everyone doing everything is a recipe for disaster – simply because to deliver complete IT solutions for a business, it takes different people with different levels of experience and different approaches to deliver the right solutions law firms need today.
Finally, Managed IT for Law Firms delivered the right way
Handling your day-to-day IT Support needs is one thing, but properly managing your technology to prevent issues is another. That is where the right IT Partner, one built around a process aimed squarely at predictable performance can make a huge impact on your practice.
As your Managed Services Provider, Technology Associates works with you around the clock to ensure you’re always functioning at your absolute best. We know that in law firms, it often gets hectic and there’s a lot to balance.
A complete Managed IT Services solution includes:
- Metric driven support team that give your staff the IT Support then need and ensure your issues get resolved quickly
- Ongoing monitoring to help spot problems quickly
- Layered security suite to bolster firm security
- Best-practices that allow us to help spot risks you might not know you have
- Regular Technology Steering Meetings to review your technology budgets and roadmaps
Working with Technology Associates is truly like having a complete IT department in your firm.
Customer Feedback From Law Firms
The comments below come from other Law Firms who have experienced the results our process delivers