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Choosing the right e-discovery approach and infrastructure

Options range from the single-vendor approach to multi-vendor, multi-platform hybrid strategies

Today, e-discovery law and practices are in a continuous state of flux, which underscores the need for corporations to continually evolve in order to meet their ever-changing ESI obligations. International Data Corp.’s (IDC) Vivian Tero recently published a whitepaper, “Leveraging Cloud-Based Delivery Capabilities for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) eDiscovery,” which highlights this very fact, and explains that there are several factors currently driving substantial change in corporate e-discovery approaches. Further, the whitepaper explores emerging e-discovery infrastructure options—including cloud or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms.

Factors contributing to the changing e-discovery landscape   

The second approach is the “multivendor, multiplatform hybrid approach,” currently used by nearly 65 percent of organizations. An organization typically supports multiple archival and content management systems, as well as multiple geographically distributed IT organizations with complex data segregation mandates. The organization may internally conduct certain stages of the EDRM, depending on the matter, but various vendors and DIY tools complete other stages.

This approach to managing e-discovery, while seemingly flexible and multifaceted, in practice is more often inefficient and inconsistent. The majority of these multivendor e-discovery architectures are the outcomes of business and IT organizational developments such as mergers and acquisitions, changes in IT strategies, and siloed and reactive purchases of ad hoc technologies. 

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Wayne Wong

Wayne Wong is a managing consultant in the Kroll Ontrack ESI Consulting group. In this role, Wong ensures litigation preparedness for clients through the creation...

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