The Power and Pitfalls

The Power and Pitfalls of the Cloud: eDiscovery Best Practices

Dr. Gavin Manes of Avansic, who recently said he used to be a cloud denier identifies the power and pitfalls of the cloud in his latest blog post!

His post (The Power of the Cloud – And Pitfalls to be Mindful of, available here) discusses the power and pitfalls of the cloud with some terrific examples of both, referencing the recent webinar that Gavin and I conducted with Jack Petracek (Manager at Lawgical Choice). For example:

“During the webinar, the panelists talked about major eDiscovery issues in the recent case Cabo Concepts Ltd. v. MGA Entertainment. In this case, a Microsoft Outlook desktop client was used for searching and collection. Although this is certainly not the first time Outlook has been used for eDiscovery data collection, it has fallen out of favor because of the way it indexes data or – perhaps more importantly – how it chooses not to index data. Outlook cannot perform optical character recognition (OCR) on non-character types, so it can’t search documents that don’t have text it can extract, for example, a scanned document or inbound fax that came as an attachment to an email. It also does not have a method of identifying the documents it wasn’t able to index, which results in silent failures. When a program fails without alerting a user, unexpected outcomes abound, which is not an ideal circumstance in eDiscovery and beyond.”

He also notes: “Fortunately, there are abundant tools and workflows for eDiscovery that most of the industry has adopted. But it is true on the road and in eDiscovery, that great cars can have bad drivers.”

Great analogy! And Gavin goes on to discuss several more examples of the power and pitfalls of the cloud. Check out his post here!

So, what do you think? Are you an advocate of the power of the cloud or are you more concerned about its pitfalls? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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One comment

  1. What does it matter if you “believe” in the Cloud or not? Power or pitfalls, it’s where clients and opponents store most information that’s evidence. We ignore it at our peril.

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