Great Debate

The Great Debate – Best-of-Breed or End-to-End?: eDiscovery Best Practices

Let the Great Debate begin! Are organizations better served by committing to an end-to-end solution or by adopting a best-of-breed approach? As this article from Onna discusses, you should look at an important business function and the EDRM phases for guidance!

Their article (Best-of-breed vs. end-to-end: Which is right for your business?) lays out the great debate, by defining end-to-end and best of breed approaches this way:

End-to-end: Often referred to as “all-in-one,” end-to-end solutions combine a host of tools and capabilities into one integrated system. The upsides to this approach include a single point for data collection, easier automation of workflows, one vendor relationship to manage, and greater visibility and control over organizational data.

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Best-of-breed: Technology that offers companies the flexibility to pick-and-choose specialized tools that serve specific purposes. Leading identity platform Okta refers to best-of-breed technology as “the leading applications, systems, or software in a niche or category.” For example, a company may purchase Workday for HR, Slack for collaboration, Zoom for communication, and Google Workspace for content. In this situation, it is advantageous to use best-of-breed applications as each serves a dedicated business function. 

The benefits of taking a best-of-breed approach typically include speedy implementation and adoption, user-friendly interfaces, advanced functionality, and, perhaps most important, the ability to integrate with other best-of-breed solutions.

So, how can you apply best-of-breed to a popular business function? More importantly, how can end-to-end and best of breed be applied to the non-IG phases of the EDRM model? Check out their article here to find out! Let the great debate begin! 😉

So, what do you think?  Do you prefer a end-to-end or a best of breed approach to information governance and eDiscovery?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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