A new study from CompTIA indicates that only 14 percent of U.S. law firms are looking to invest in cloud technology next year, however, the study suggested the number may rise.

The low percentage of law firms considering a move to cloud technology may be low because only 30 percent said they were familiar with the concept. In addition, the survey found that only 45 percent said they understood how managed services worked.

“This next wave of IT investment by legal services firms will require more education and assistance from the IT solution providers serving them,” said Tim Herbert, vice president of research at CompTIA, adding there were many “knowledge gaps” that cloud providers may be able to fill.

With 73 percent of law firms citing growth as their top business priority, and nearly 50 percent saying they want to explore new methods of reducing and managing their IT cost, cloud vendors may have a new market in need of their management services.

Global Industry Analysts expects the cloud computing services market to reach $222.5 billion over the next five years, Cloud Computing Journal reports. The report states the cloud will enable companies to not only upgrade their current networks, but cut needless spending on energy and desktop applications, allowing them to maximize efficiency.ADNFCR-2553-ID-19854042-ADNFCR