Many industries have been embracing cloud based services, but the legal industry has been skittish toward adopting the technology. Legal e-discovery, which allows needed data, files and documents to quickly be pulled, has been picking up steam, but organizations must take the time to learn about cloud computing solutions before moving important legal information into the new environment. Information-Management said first, all stakeholders across the organization must be actively involved in the research and purchase process of the cloud.

"While it may seem like an obvious first step, getting all of the key stakeholders at the decision-making table is much easier said than done," the news source said. "Deployment of new software is often done in haste by a single stakeholder in response to looming  deadlines or critical business needs. This type of reactive response leads to challenges late in the process that can ultimately slow things down and incur more costs than if it had been handled proactively from the start."

After this, the organization must figure out all areas of costs and potential savings in the cloud. Not saving money shouldn't be a deal breaker for cloud based services, but there may be other options for the enterprise that could help the bottom line. Information-Management said corporations must evaluate all options for e-discovery, including non-cloud services, to really figure out which will work best for the business.

Testing, security are essential
Next, companies should test the processes that take place in e-discovery and make sure cloud computing solutions will save them time. If it does not, it isn't likely worth adoption from that particular provider.

"Many e-discovery practitioners, reviewers and project managers have been able to realize increases in their team's overall review productivity through the use of data analytics and visualization tools or applications," Information-Management said. "Test these same processes in the potential cloud environment and make sure it changes for the better. This is not always the case; any results that are lacking are a potential showstopper - at least for the e-discovery aspect."

Forbes' Barry Murphy wrote organizations need to make sure security is a priority as well, even though research has shown that many companies will often still keep data both in the cloud and on premises. Businesses must make sure they have a policy in place that will help guide employees regarding where data can be stored, what will go into cloud computing services and what kind of decorum is acceptable.