An eDiscovery Market Size Mashup: 2018-2023 Worldwide Software and Services Overview

The annual eDiscovery Market Size Mashup estimates the combined worldwide eDiscovery software and services market spend in 2018 to be approximately $10.11B, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of approximately 13.09% to $18.7B by 2023.

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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 2018 and 2023.

The mashup charts (Figures 1-7) 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

eDiscovery Software and Services Market (2018-2023)

Figure 2 – eDiscovery Software Market

eDiscovery Software Market (2018-2023)

Figure 3 – eDiscovery Services Market

eDiscovery Services Market (2018-2023)

Figure 4 – eDiscovery Market Overview by Geography

eDiscovery Market Geographical Overview (2018-2023)

Figure 5 – eDiscovery Market Overview by Government/Non-Government Markets

eDiscovery Government and Non-Government Market Overview (2018-2023)

Figure 6 – eDiscovery Market Overview by Task

eDiscovery Market By Task (2018-2023)

Figure 7 – Direct Deliverer of eDiscovery-Centric Services

eDiscovery Market By Direct Delivery Approach (2018-2023)

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, and 3)

  • The combined eDiscovery software and services market spend is estimated at approximately $10.11B in 2018 and estimated to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of approximately 13.09% to $18.7B in 2023.
  • eDiscovery software market spend is estimated at approximately $3.02B in 2018 (29.88% of the total market) and estimated to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of approximately 13.23% to $5.62B in 2023 (30.03% of the total market).
  • eDiscovery services market spend is estimated at approximately $7.09B in 2018 (70.12% of the total market) and estimated to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of approximately 13.03% to $13.08B (69.97% of the total market) in 2023.

On and Off Premise Software Market Size (Figure 2)

  • On-Premise software spending is estimated at approximately 48% of worldwide eDiscovery software spending in 2018, with that number decreasing to approximately 38% by 2023. 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 $1.45B in 2018 to $2.13B in 2023.
  • Off-Premise software spending is estimated at approximately 52% ($1.57B) of worldwide eDiscovery software spending in 2018, with that number increasing to approximately 62% ($3.48B) by 2023.

Geographical Market Size (Figure 4)

  • The U.S. is estimated to constitute approximately 64% of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2018, with that percentage decreasing to approximately 59% by 2023. 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 $6.47B in 2018 to $11.03B in 2023.
  • The rest of the world (ROW) outside of the U.S. is estimated to constitute approximately 36% ($3.64B) of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2018, with that number increasing to approximately 41% in 2023 ($7.67B).

Government and Non-Government Market Size (Figure 5)

  • Governmental and Regulatory spending on eDiscovery (audits, investigations, and litigation) is estimated to constitute approximately 49% of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2018, with that number decreasing to approximately 44% by 2023. 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 $4.96B in 2018 to $8.23B in 2023.
  • Non-Governmental spending on eDiscovery is estimated to constitute approximately 51% ($5.16B) of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2018, with that number increasing to approximately 56% ($10.47B) by 2023.

Estimated Spending By Task (Figure 6)

  • Spending on review-related software and services is estimated to constitute approximately 70% of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2018, with that number decreasing to approximately 65% by 2023. 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 $7.08B in 2018 to $12.15B by 2023.
  • Spending on processing-related software and services is estimated to constitute approximately 19% ($1.92B) of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2018, with that number remaining steady at 19% ($3.55B) through 2023
  • Spending on collection-related software and services is estimated to constitute approximately 11% ($1.11B) of worldwide eDiscovery software and services spending in 2018, with that number increasing to approximately 16% ($2.99B) by 2023.

Estimated Deliverer of eDiscovery-Centric Services*** (Figure 7)

  • Corporations and Governments are estimated to deliver approximately 72% of worldwide eDiscovery-centric services in 2018, with that number increasing to approximately 77% by 2023.
  • Law Firms are estimated to deliver approximately 21% of worldwide eDiscovery-centric services in 2018, with that number decreasing to approximately 11% by 2023.
  • Litigation Support Service Providers are estimated to deliver approximately 7% of eDiscovery-centric services in 2018, with that number increasing to approximately 11% by 2023.

Lagniappe: Example Market Share Estimations for Two Hypothetical eDiscovery Providers

  • An eDiscovery software provider with approximately $450 million in direct revenue would represent approximately 14.06% of eDiscovery software market spend in 2018. 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 .937% of eDiscovery software market spend in 2018. 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 have been aggregated since the initial survey 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 sources:

  • 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)

Previous ComplexDiscovery eDiscovery market sizing mashups include:

**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 spending.

Source: ComplexDiscovery

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