Connecting the Dots: Considering eDiscovery from Initiators to Ecosystem

From a macro perspective, connecting the dots in eDiscovery is to simply draw logical inferences from connecting items of information to reveal something previously hidden or unknown. The provided non-comprehensive graphical depiction may be helpful in considering and connecting the dots during planning, forecasting, and sharing activities regarding the discipline of eDiscovery. 

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Connecting the Dots in eDiscovery

Provided for your review and use is a non-comprehensive graphical depiction that may be helpful in considering and connecting the dots* during planning, forecasting, and sharing activities relating to the discipline of eDiscovery. The categories and elements comprising the dots are not all-inclusive and represent one view of eDiscovery. They can be expanded, contracted, and refined as appropriate for the development of plans and models used in forecasting and depicting the flow of eDiscovery from initiating entities to the economic ecosystem.


Considering eDiscovery

The Dots: Five Categories and 27 Elements

Initiators
Three core funders of eDiscovery

  • Governmental Agencies
  • Corporations
  • Law Firms

Drivers
Three core drivers of eDiscovery

  • Policies
  • Regulations
  • Law

Requirements
Three core requirements of eDiscovery

  • Audits
  • Investigations
  • Litigation

Tasks
The core workstream of eDiscovery

  • Collection
  • Ingestion
  • Processing
  • Analytics
  • Predictive Coding
  • Review
  • Export/Production
  • Data Disposition

Ecosystem
The flow of money in eDiscovery

  • Governmental Agency
  • Corporation
  • Private Client
  • Law Firm
  • Litigation Support Provider
  • eDiscovery Software Provider
  • Managed Review Provider
  • On-Premise Software
  • Off-Premise Software
  • Data Hosting

* American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. S.v. “connect the dots.” Retrieved May 7 2018 from https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/connect+the+dots.

Additional Reading

Source: ComplexDiscovery

Business as Unusual? Eighteen Observations on eDiscovery Business Confidence in the Summer of 2020

The results of the recent Summer 2020 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey present the unfortunate and continuing impact of COVID-19 on the business of eDiscovery. However, for these pandemic-driven results to be fully understood, they should be viewed through the contextual lens of the results of all nineteen surveys that have been administered to eDiscovery professionals since the inception of the eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey in early 2016.



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