An eDiscovery Market Size Mashup: 2017-2022 Worldwide Software and Services Overview

Taken from a combination of public market sizing estimations as shared in leading electronic discovery reports, publications and posts over time, the following eDiscovery Market Size Mashup shares general worldwide market sizing considerations for software and services in the electronic discovery market for the years between 2017 and 2022.

Taken from a combination of public market sizing estimations* as shared in leading electronic discovery publications, posts, data points, and discussions, the following eDiscovery Market Size Mashup** shares general market sizing estimates for the software and services area of the electronic discovery market for the years between 2017 and 2022.

The mashup charts (Figures 1, 2, and 3) represent one interpretation of publicly available market sizing data and are general in nature, focusing on trends about market size, growth, and segmentation.


eDiscovery Software and Services Mashup: 2017 – 2022

2017-22 eDiscovery Services And Software Market Sizing – Chart 1 -122217

Figure 1 – eDiscovery Software and Services


eDiscovery Software Mashup: 2017 – 2022

2017-22 eDiscovery Services And Software Market Sizing – Chart 2 -122217 – Update

Figure 2 – eDiscovery Software


eDiscovery Services Mashup: 2017 – 2022

2017-22 eDiscovery Services And Software Market Sizing – Chart 3 -122217 – Update

Figure 3 – eDiscovery Services


Segment Estimates

Specific estimates based on the aggregation of forecasts are provided below for five general eDiscovery market segments.

Geographical Market Size 

  • The U.S. constitutes approximately 65% of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2017, with that number decreasing to approximately 60% by 2022.
  • The rest of the world (ROW) outside of the U.S. constitutes approximately 35% of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2017, with that number increasing to approximately 40% by 2022.

On and Off Premise Software Market Size 

  • On-Premise software spending constitutes approximately 50% of worldwide eDiscovery software spending in 2017, with that number decreasing to approximately 30% by 2022.
  • Off-Premise software spending constitutes approximately 50% of worldwide eDiscovery software spending in 2017, with that number increasing to approximately 70% by 2022.

Government and Non-Government Market Size

  • Governmental and Regulatory spending on eDiscovery (audits, investigations, and litigation) constitutes approximately 50% of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2017, with that number decreasing to approximately 45% by 2022.
  • Non-Governmental and Regulatory spending on eDiscovery (audits, investigations, and litigation) constitutes approximately 50% of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2017, with that number increasing to approximately 55% by 2022.

Estimated Spending By Task

  • Spending on review-related software and services constitutes approximately 71% of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2017, with that number decreasing to approximately 66% by 2022.
  • Spending on processing-related software and services constitutes approximately 19% of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2017, with that number remaining steady at 19% through 2022
  • Spending on collection-related software and services constitutes approximately 10% of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2017, with that number increasing to approximately 15% by 2022.

Estimated Deliverer of eDiscovery-Centric Services

  • Corporations and Governments deliver approximately 71% of worldwide eDiscovery-centric services in 2017, with that number increasing to approximately 76% by 2022.
  • Law Firms deliver approximately 23% of worldwide eDiscovery-centric services in 2017, with that number decreasing to approximately 13% by 2022.
  • Litigation Support Service Providers deliver approximately 6% of eDiscovery-centric services in 2017, with that number increasing to approximately 11% by 2022.

Lagniappe: Example Market Share Estimations for Two Hypothetical eDiscovery Providers

  • An eDiscovery software provider with approximately $450 million in direct revenue would represent approximately 16.41% of eDiscovery software market spend in 2017. This would be revenue paid directly to the eDiscovery provider, not the amount of revenue generated through additional resell or provision of services by technology and resell partners.
  • An eDiscovery software provider with approximately $30 million in direct revenue would represent approximately 1.09% of eDiscovery software market spend in 2017. This would be revenue paid directly to the eDiscovery provider, not the amount of revenue generated through additional resell or provision of services by technology and resell partners.

*Mashup Sources

Sources for eDiscovery market sizing estimation include but are not limited to publicly available content (including abstracts, excerpts, quotes, and data points) from the following sources:

  • Catalyst Investors. “Legal Tech Market Overview.” Kirk Mahoney. November 29, 2017.
  • Gartner, Inc. “Market Guide for E-Discovery Solutions.” Julian Tirsu, Garth Landers, Shane Harris. October 24, 2017.
  • P&S Market Research. “eDiscovery Market for Software and Services.” October 18, 2017.
  • ComplexDiscovery. eDiscovery Business Confidence Surveys – Running Listing. ComplexDiscovery. October 18, 2017.
  • Forbes. “Global Legal Tech Is Transforming Service Delivery.” Mark A. Cohen. August 29, 2017.
  • IDC. “Worldwide eDiscovery Services Market Shares, 2016: Global Leaders Emerge Through Industry Consolidation.” Angela Gelnaw. June 2017.
  • ACG Partner. “Legal Tech: Seeded and Ready to Launch.”, Trevor Martin, Ben Howe, Jon Guido, Fred Joseph. April 2017.
  • IDC. “Marketscape: Worldwide eDiscovery Services 2017 Vendor Assessment.” Angela Gelnaw. March 2017.
  • ComplexDiscovery. Annual eDiscovery Market Size Mashups – 2012 – 2017, ComplexDiscovery, March 4, 2017.
  • Zion Market Research. “eDiscovery Market for Government, Regulatory Agencies, Enterprises, and Law Firms.” November 23, 2016.
  • Markets and Markets. “E-Discovery Market by Solution, Service, Deployment Type, and Vertical – Global Forecast to 2021.” November 2016.
  • Future Market Insights (FMI). “eDiscovery Market Analysis – Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment.” July 5, 2016.
  • IDC. “Worldwide eDiscovery Software Market Forecast, 2016-2020: Back to Basics.” Angela Gelnaw. June 30, 2016.
  • Gartner, Inc. “Market Guide for E-Discovery Solutions.” Jie Zhang. June 30, 2016.
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration. “2016 Top Markets Report – Cloud Computing.” April 14, 2016.
  • IDC. “Worldwide eDiscovery Services Forecast 2014-2019.” Sean Pike, Angela Gelnaw. December 2015.
  • Gartner, Inc. “Critical Capabilities for E-Discovery Software.” Jie Zhang, Garth Landers. October 6, 2015.
  • Transparency Market Research. “eDiscovery Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014-2022.” July 6, 2015
  • Markets and Markets. “E-Discovery Market By Solution, Deployment, Industry, & Region – Global Forecast to 2020.” July 2015.
  • Global Industry Analysts, Inc. “eDiscovery (Software and Services) Global Strategic Business Report.” May 28, 2015.
  • Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software.” Jie Zhang, Garth Landers. May 18, 2015.
  • The Radicati Group. “eDiscovery Market, 2014-2018.” Sara Radicati. December 3, 2014.
  • Transparency Market Research. “eDiscovery Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2014-2020).” June 2014.
  • Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software.” Jie Zhang, Debra Logan, Garth Landers. June 19, 2014.
  • IDC. “Worldwide eDiscovery Software 2014-2018 Forecast.” Sean Pike. May 2014.
  • The Radicati Group. “eDiscovery Market, 2013-2017.” Sara Radicati. August 2013.
  • Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software.” Debra Logan, Alan Dayley, Sheila Childs. June 10, 2013.
  • The Radicati Group. “eDiscovery Market, 2012-2016.” Sara Radicati, Todd Yamasaki.  October 2012.
  • Transparency Market Research. “World e-Discovery Software & Service Market Study.” August 2012.
  • Rand Institute For Civil Justice. “Where the Money Goes:  Understanding Litigant Expenditures for Producing Electronic Discovery.” Nicolas Pace and Laura Zakaras. April 2012.
  • IDC. “MarketScape: Worldwide Standalone Early Case Assessment Applications Vendor Analysis.” Vivian Tero. September 19, 2011.
  • Industry Observer Estimations (Multiple Observers)

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