Put Your Data Collections

Put Your Data Collections on a Diet: eDiscovery Best Practices

In his latest post, Jim Gill of Hanzo discusses that it’s never too late to put your data collections on a diet, even post New Year’s resolution!

In the article (Ediscovery New Year’s Resolution: Put Your Data Collections on a Diet, available here), Jim notes that when it comes to your eDiscovery workflow, it’s never too late to trim the data you’re collecting from messaging platforms and other SaaS applications.

One of the biggest challenges with collaboration data sources is scoping large environments. Some companies may still be adopting collaboration platforms into their tech stacks, so these data environments are relatively manageable should a matter arise. However, this type of data grows exponentially, even more so than email, and what may be manageable today will be overwhelming in a matter of years or even months.


In large enterprises that were early adopters of messaging apps like Slack or MS Teams, it’s not unusual to see hundreds of millions of messages spread across millions of channels combined with one-to-one and group messages.

Most organizations take a “collect everything” approach when it comes to these data sources to use Early Case Assessment (ECA) tools available in review platforms. But this increases both cost (by sending large datasets to outside counsel or an LSP) and risk (by sending large datasets outside the organization that may be irrelevant to the case).

Is there a better way? Read Jim’s blog post here! It’s just one more click! 😉 The bigger your data collections need to get, the more you need to put your data collections on a diet.

So, what do you think? How are you handling the growth of data when it comes to eDiscovery collections? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.


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