Understanding What End-to-End eDiscovery Really Means: eDiscovery Best Practices

This week’s blog post for IPRO’s blog is about possibly one of the most overused terms in our industry – end to end eDiscovery.  Many sales and marketing people in the industry will tell you (proudly, and with conviction, I might add) that they provide that.  But do they really?

For many years, when providers said they provided end-to-end eDiscovery, what they really meant (in terms of the EDRM model, where the ends were defined) was from Preservation and Collection through Production. But the Preservation and Collection part really meant that they generally provided a mechanism for users to upload data into the solution (thereby performing a level of collection which also preserves a copy of the data during collection).  They didn’t provide legal hold management or forensic collection; it was just a “point and click” mechanism to push files up into the platform to be processed for review and then (if designed as responsive and not privileged), produced to opposing counsel.

Sorry, but that’s not end-to-end eDiscovery.  Not even close.

So, what IS end-to-end eDiscovery?  What are the forgotten ends?  And what might be even a better name for it?  You can find out on Ipro’s blog here. 😉  It’s just one more click!

Just a reminder that we need your help!  If you are a corporate legal professional, please consider taking the first ever IPRO/eDiscovery Today Corporate Legal Snapshot Survey! It has 11 questions and literally takes a minute! Link to the survey is here, webinar and report on the results coming in June!

So, what do you think?  Do you use a eDiscovery platform and do you consider it an end-to-end eDiscovery solution? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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