Here’s the eDisclosure Systems Buyers Guide for 2021: eDiscovery Trends

When it comes to buyers guides for “eDisclosure” (i.e., what they call “eDiscovery” across the pond), there are none better than Andrew Haslam’s annual eDisclosure Systems Buyers Guide.  The good news is that it’s time for his 2021 edition!

For the first time, Andrew is publishing the annual eDisclosure Systems Buyers Guide in conjunction with another favorite resource of eDiscovery Today – Rob Robinson’s ComplexDiscovery site!   The 2021 edition of the “industry bible”, which is now in its ninth year is available on ComplexD here. There have been 84 modifications to the entries, with the guide now showing 112 suppliers and 72 products, reflecting the loss of 12 entries, an additional 13 companies, and two name changes.  Last year, it was 111 suppliers and 75 products, so not much change from 2020, which is amazing, considering what many of us thought the pandemic might do to the industry!

As with previous editions, this version of the eDisclosure Systems Buyers Guide has been released in Spring, and (as always) the target audience for the Guide are those individuals who understand they have a requirement, but do not know how to proceed with the next steps. It is assumed that people within “organisations” 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 is 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, with moderation from the author.  As in previous editions, Andrew sprinkles boxes throughout the guide that are notes, best practice recommendations and warnings (which are designated by a bomb with a lit fuse icon) to help provide guidance to readers for best practices.  And, of course, he even sprinkles in a few comic strips along the way for levity.  😀

Andrew is currently employed as the UK eDisclosure Project Manager for Squire Patton Boggs, so, as always, 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.  The 496 page(!) PDF can be downloaded directly from the ComplexDiscovery website here.  While that may seem like a lot of pages, a large portion of the Guide is detailed information about each of the suppliers and the software products, making the Guide a terrific reference resource for those looking to buy services or software by enabling you to quickly navigate to the providers you’re evaluating – that’s why it’s a Buyers Guide!

So, what do you think?  Are you in the market for eDiscovery (or eDisclosure) software or services?  Then, download a copy of Andrew’s eDisclosure Systems Buyers Guide – it’s FREE!  And please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

Disclaimer: The views represented herein are exclusively the views of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views held by my employer, my partners or my clients. eDiscovery Today is made available solely for educational purposes to provide general information about general eDiscovery principles and not to provide specific legal advice applicable to any particular circumstance. eDiscovery Today should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a lawyer you have retained and who has agreed to represent you.

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