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Everything You Need to Know about Buying eDiscovery (eDisclosure) Systems: eDiscovery Trends

If you ever wanted to know how many providers there are in the eDiscovery (eDisclosure) space, what services they provide and where they fit in the EDRM model, this is as comprehensive a guide as you can find.

Authored by litigation support and “eDisclosure” (that’s what they call eDiscovery across the pond) expert Andrew Haslam, the eDisclosure Systems Buyers Guide – 2017 Edition provides an overview of key technology considerations, industry approaches and vendor capabilities regarding eDisclosure.  Covering topics from the EDRM Model to vendor service and software analysis, the guide provides a complete and credible resource for legal and IT professionals seeking to understand and apply eDisclosure concepts, processes, techniques, and tools.

The target audience for the Guide are those individuals who understand they have a requirement, but don’t know how to proceed with the next steps. It is assumed that people within organizations that have a litigation support function, will turn to them in the first instance for advice, but might use this document as a primer on what’s available.

The Guide is based on Andrew Haslam’s general experience in the marketplace, also drawing from a number of vendor procurement exercises. The information on firms and software tools has been provided by the organizations themselves, albeit moderated by the author.

The Guide is an impressive 436 page PDF guide, yet is easy to navigate, with a detailed (and linked) table of contents that provides an Executive Summary, Guide Structure, a breakdown of each of the EDRM phases, a description of technology areas, a market survey, a proposed procurement approach in selecting vendors, additional resources and a comprehensive list of service “suppliers” and software providers (101 in all) which comprises the majority of the guide.  If you provide both services and software, you’re listed in both sections.  So, for example, CloudNine (shamless plug warning!) is listed on both page 116 of the PDF (104 of the document) in the services section and 280 of the PDF (268 of the document) in the software section.  Andrew even mentions our blog in the first section!  Thanks, Andrew!

In all seriousness, though, Andrew’s bios for each provider are very comprehensive and many are more than one page.  So, the Guide is more than just a cursory listing of providers, it’s a detailed listing that includes a detailed description of their services, providing the buyer with a terrific head start in understanding what each company does and whether their services and/or software might meet their needs.

Andrew is currently employed as the UK eDisclosure Project Manager for Squire Patton Boggs, so he makes sure to note that all opinion within the Guide is Andrew’s personal viewpoint and does not represent any views, opinions or strategies of Squire Patton Boggs.

So, what do you think?  Are you in the market for an eDiscovery (eDisclosure) provider or solution?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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