This Could Be a Way to Make Adoption of eDiscovery Technology Easier for Attorneys: eDiscovery Trends

Do you think the legal industry as a whole is well versed in eDiscovery technology?  I don’t.  Sure, there are a number of tech savvy attorneys out there who really understand eDiscovery (and know a lot about technology in general), but, as a general rule, I believe that most don’t understand eDiscovery technology very well.  However, this recent article from Compliance illustrates a way to perhaps change that.

In their article To Make eDiscovery Technology Easier, Make it Work Like a Mobile Device, Compliance observes how there is one technology that most lawyers and legal professionals have learned to use well – technology associated with mobile devices. 

Of course they have!  Mobile devices like iPhones and Androids have become a necessity for not just about everybody in the legal industry, but also most of the civilized world.  There are even people out there who may not have an automobile or may even be homeless who still have cell phones.  The technology associated with these universally accepted devices is intuitive, but it’s also very powerful and extensible through the many millions of apps that can be downloaded onto them.  As a result, it’s highly unlikely for two people, even if they are closely tied through family or career, to have the same exact set of apps.


Just as people have different needs for apps on their mobile devices, legal technology professionals have different needs for the technology that they use to accomplish their discovery needs.  Those needs could vary by individual organization or even by different use cases.  So, imagine if selecting eDiscovery technology could be as simple as selecting the app within an “App Store” that you need to “get” when you need to use it?

When I interviewed Marc Zamsky, CEO of Compliance, for his thought leader interview back in September, he noted that “there’s no such thing as a single perfect solution…every client has unique needs, and different matters require a different approach.”

Indeed, and the ability to meet those needs by selecting components from an “App Store” is an interesting concept. Compliance has more information about that in their article here.

So, what do you think?  Can eDiscovery technology be made as easy to use as a mobile device?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.


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  1. The average price of an app in either the Google or Apple app stores is under one dollar (U.S.). App users can afford to experiment and risk making an ill-advised purchase. I’d guess the average small firm practitioner hasn’t purchased a standalone software application that cost much more than Adobe Acrobat. Why then would we expect practitioners to have hands-on experience with e-discovery applications costing tens of thousands of dollars? They probably can’t play polo either.

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