An eDiscovery Market Size Mashup: 2020-2025 Worldwide Software and Services Overview

While the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for worldwide eDiscovery software and services slows, the overall size of the market continues to grow with estimates for the overall market to exceed $15.12B in 2025. This year’s annual eDiscovery Market Size Mashup estimates the combined worldwide eDiscovery software and services market spend in 2020 to be approximately $10.89B, growing at a CAGR of approximately 6.79% to $15.12B by 2025.

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Editor’s Note: Given the unanticipated pandemeconomic conditions thrust upon the eDiscovery ecosystem in 2020, forward-looking eDiscovery market size and growth estimates developed in pre-COVID times required a resetting of the market size baseline for 2020 as well as an adjustment in market growth rates. This resetting of market size and growth rates in 2020 warranted the inclusion of direct, indirect, and anecdotal data points* that inform reasonable adjustments used to determine where the market size settled in COVID-challenged 2020 and how market growth rates may evolve. From market size adjustments to revised market growth rates, the following eDiscovery Market Size Mashup may be helpful for eDiscovery decision-makers as they consider the size of the eDiscovery market for 2020 through 2025. Projections are very conservative given the challenge in forecasting when the market may begin to return to normal, how fast the market may return to normal, and what the new normal may be.

2020 – 2025 Worldwide eDiscovery Software and Services Overview

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 2020 and 2025.

The mashup charts (Figures 1-9) represent one interpretation of aggregated and modeled publicly available information that focuses on eDiscovery market trends, size, growth, and segmentation.

Figure 1 – eDiscovery Software and Services Market Size Retraction in 2020

1 – eDiscovery Software and Services Market 2019-2020 – Retraction

Figure 2 – eDiscovery Software and Services Market

2 – eDiscovery Software and Services Market 2020-2025

Figure 3 – eDiscovery Software Market

3 – eDiscovery Software Market 2020-2025

Figure 4 – eDiscovery Services Market

4 – eDiscovery Services Market 2020-2025

Figure 5 – eDiscovery Market Overview by Geography

5 – eDiscovery Market Geographical Overview 2020-2025

Figure 6 – eDiscovery Market Overview by Government/Non-Government Markets

6 – eDiscovery Government and Non-Government Market Overview 2020-2025

Figure 7 – eDiscovery Market Overview by Task

7 – eDiscovery Market By Task 2020-2025

Figure 8 – Direct Deliverer of eDiscovery-Centric Services

8 – eDiscovery Market By Direct Delivery Approach 2020-2025

Figure 9 – [Lagniappe] eDiscovery Market Sizing: Past and Projected

9 – eDiscovery Market Sizing – Past and Projected

Segment Estimates

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

eDiscovery Software and Services Market Size (Figures 1, 2, 3, and 4)

  • Originally estimated by ComplexDiscovery to reach $12.66B in market size during 2020, revised estimates for the eDiscovery market reflect an adjustment to a newly estimated market size of $10.89B for 2020. This adjustment is a decrease of approximately 14% from pre-COVID 2020 forecasts. This revision also equates to a negative 3.03% growth rate between 2019 and 2020.
  • The combined eDiscovery software and services market spend is estimated at approximately $10.89B in 2020 and estimated to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of approximately 6.79% to $15.12B in 2025.
  • eDiscovery software market spend is estimated at approximately $3.30B in 2020 (30.30% of the total market) and estimated to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of approximately 11.14% to $5.60B in 2025 (37.00% of the total market).
  • eDiscovery services market spend is estimated at approximately $7.59B in 2020 (69.70% of the total market) and estimated to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of approximately 4.65% to $9.53B (63.00% of the total market) in 2025.

On and Off-Premise Software Market Size (Figure 3)

  • On-Premise software spending is estimated at approximately 54% of worldwide eDiscovery software spending in 2020, with that number decreasing to approximately 34% by 2025. While the percentage of spend is decreasing over time, the actual dollar spend is estimated to increase based on overall software market growth, growing from $1.79B in 2020 to $1.90B in 2025.
  • Off-Premise software spending is estimated at approximately 46% ($1.51B) of worldwide eDiscovery software spending in 2020, with that number increasing to approximately 66% ($3.69B) by 2025.

Geographical Market Size (Figure 5)

  • The U.S. is estimated to constitute approximately 62% of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2020, with that percentage decreasing to approximately 57% by 2025. While the percentage of spend is decreasing over time, the actual dollar spend is estimated to increase based on overall worldwide software and services market growth, growing from $6.75B in 2020 to $8.62B in 2025.
  • The rest of the world (ROW) outside of the U.S. is estimated to constitute approximately 38% ($4.14B) of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2020, with that number increasing to approximately 43% in 2025 ($6.50B).

Government and Non-Government Market Size (Figure 6)

  • Governmental and Regulatory spending on eDiscovery (audits, investigations, and litigation) is estimated to constitute approximately 47% of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2020, with that number decreasing to approximately 42% by 2025. While the percentage of spend is decreasing over time, the actual dollar spend is estimated to increase based on overall software and services market growth, growing from $5.12B in 2020 to $6.35B in 2025.
  • Non-Governmental spending on eDiscovery is estimated to constitute approximately 53% ($5.77B) of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2020, with that number increasing to approximately 58% ($8.77B) by 2025.

Estimated Spending By Task (Figure 7)

  • Spending on review-related software and services is estimated to constitute approximately 68% of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2020, with that number decreasing to approximately 63% by 2025. While the percentage of spend is decreasing over time, the actual dollar spend is estimated to increase based on overall software and services market growth, growing from $7.41B in 2020 to $9.53B by 2025.
  • Spending on processing-related software and services is estimated to constitute approximately 19% ($2.07B) of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2020, with that percentage stabilized through 2025 when it will constitute $2.87B of spend.
  • Spending on collection-related software and services is estimated to constitute approximately 13% ($1.42B) of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2020, with that number increasing to approximately 18% ($2.72B) by 2025.

Estimated Deliverer of eDiscovery-Centric Services*** (Figure 8)

  • Corporations and Governments are estimated to deliver approximately 74% ($8.06B) of worldwide eDiscovery-centric services in 2020, with that number increasing to approximately 79% ($15.12B) by 2025.
  • Law Firms are estimated to deliver approximately 17% ($1.85B) of worldwide eDiscovery-centric services in 2020, with that number decreasing to approximately 7% ($1.06B) by 2025.
  • Litigation Support Service Providers are estimated to deliver approximately 9% ($980M) of eDiscovery-centric services in 2020, with that number increasing to approximately 14% ($2.12B) by 2025.

[Lagniappe] eDiscovery Market Sizing: Past and Projected  (Figure 9)

  • In 2012, the combined eDiscovery services and software market was estimated to be $4.73B.
  • Estimates for eDiscovery services and software in the last full pre-COVID calendar year (2019) was estimated to be $11.23B.
  • The eDiscovery services and software market is expected to grow to approximately $15.12B in 2025, a growth of $10.39B between 2012 and 2025.

*Market Size Sources

Sources for eDiscovery market sizing estimations and recent adjustments have been aggregated since the initial eDiscovery Market Size Mashup published in 2012 and are included in a model that is used to develop annual eDiscovery market size mashups. These sources include but are not limited to publicly available content (including abstracts, excerpts, quotes, references, and data points) from the following pre-COVID (up to March 2020) and post-COVID (March 2020 and beyond) sources.

Post-COVID (2021 eDiscovery Market Size Mashup)

  • American Medical Association. 2020. The Year Ahead—Exclusive Interview With Anthony Fauci, MD, NIAID Director. November 7, 2020.
  • U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (Department of Commerce), 2020. Gross Domestic Product (Advance Estimate), Corporate Profits, And GDP By Industry, Third Quarter 2020. October 29, 2020.
  • ComplexDiscovery. “Resetting the Baseline? eDiscovery Market Size Adjustments for 2020.” October 26, 2020.
  • U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (Department of Commerce), 2020. Gross Domestic Product (Third Estimate), Corporate Profits (Revised), And GDP By Industry, Second Quarter 2020. September 30, 2020.
  • Selected Industry eDiscovery Analysts (Discussion), 2020. eDiscovery Market Forecasting. October 19, 2020.
  • ComplexDiscovery. “2020 eDiscovery Business Confidence Surveys. (Running Listing).” October 2020.
  • Industry eDiscovery Providers (Discussion), 2020. eDiscovery Market Forecasting. September 29, 2020.
  • IDC. “Worldwide eDiscovery Services Forecast, 2020-2024.” Ryan O’Leary. September 2020.
  • Selected Industry Investors (Discussion), 2020. eDiscovery Market Forecasting. September  15, 2020.
  • KL Discovery. “KL Discovery Inc. Announces Second Quarter Financial Results.” KL Discovery. August 12, 2020.
  • IDC. “Worldwide eDiscovery Software Forecast, 2020-2024.” Ryan O’Leary. June 2020.
  • ComplexDiscovery. “Home or Away? New eDiscovery Market Sizing and Pricing Considerations.” June 15, 2020.
  • ComplexDiscovery. “Summer 2020 eDiscovery Pricing Survey Results.” May 2020.
  • ComplexDiscovery. “Revisions and Decisions? New Considerations for eDiscovery Secure Remote Reviews.” May 4, 2020.
  • Selected Industry eDiscovery Providers (Discussion), 2020. eDiscovery Market Forecasting. May 1, 2020.

Pre-COVID (2020 eDiscovery Market Size Mashup)

  • ComplexDiscovery. “2019 eDiscovery Business Confidence Surveys. (Running Listing).” November 2019.
  • Relativity Fest Panel. “State of the eDiscovery Union.” Panelist Ryan O’Leary (IDC). October 22, 2019.
  • IDC. “IDC Marketscape: Worldwide eDiscovery SaaS Review Software Assessment.” Ryan O’Leary. August 12, 2019.
  • Gartner, Inc. “Market Guide for E-Discovery Solutions.” Julian Tirsu, Michael Hoeck. June 27, 2019.
  • ComplexDiscovery. “Summer 2019 eDiscovery Pricing Survey Results.” June 2019.
  • KL Discovery. “Investor Presentation.” Pivotal, KL Discovery. May 2019.
  • Gartner, Inc. “Defining Your E-Discovery Process Will Lower Costs and Reduce Risks.” Julian Tirsu. March 29, 2019.
  • Georgetown Law Center for the Study of the Legal Profession and the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute. “2019 Report on the State of the Legal Market.” January 2019.
  • ComplexDiscovery. “Winter 2019 eDiscovery Pricing Survey Results.” December 2018.
  • ComplexDiscovery. “2018 eDiscovery Business Confidence Surveys. (Running Listing).” November 2018.
  • FRONTEO. “Form 20-F (073118).” UBIC Annual Report for Foreign Investors. July 2018.
  • IDC. “Worldwide eDiscovery Software Forecast, 2018-2022.” Ryan O’Leary, Sean Pike. June 2018.
  • Markets and Markets. “eDiscovery Market by Component, Deployment Type, Organizational Size, Vertical, and Region – Global Forecast to 2023.” June 2018.
  • Georgetown Law Center for the Study of the Legal Profession and the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute. “2018 Report on the State of the Legal Market.” January 2018.
  • Greentarget. “2018 Legal Industry Outlook.” January 2018.
  • 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.
  • Aberdeen. “Key Strategies To Improve The Performance Of E-Discovery Teams.” Michael Caton. August 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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**What is a Mashup?

A mashup is a combination or mixing of content from different sources to create a new way of looking at data. The main characteristic of a mashup includes combinations, visualizations, and aggregation. Mashups can be helpful in making existing data more useful, moreover for personal and professional use.  (Wikipedia)

*** A very imprecise application of public estimations of where legal tasks are completed, applied to eDiscovery spend.

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