From eDiscovery business confidence and operational metrics to merger and acquisition activity and cyber threats, the January 2021 edition of the Five Great Reads on eDiscovery newsletter provides a selection of recent research, reports, and articles to update and inform legal, business, and information technology professionals in the eDiscovery ecosystem.
In the winter of 2021, eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey more than 50 participants chose to answer at least one of the optional business operational metric survey questions in the quarterly survey. 31.5% of survey respondents reported Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) as increasing in the winter of 2021. This is an incremental increase approaching 10% from the 21.9% reporting DSO as increasing in the fall of 2020. It is also the highest percentage of respondents reporting DSO as increasing since the introduction of business operational metric questions to the eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey in the winter of 2019.
Since beginning to track the number of publicly highlighted merger, acquisition, and investment (M&A+I) events in the eDiscovery ecosystem, ComplexDiscovery has noted at least 453 M&A+I events between November 2001 and December 2020. In considering M&A+I events in 2020, the following findings, drivers, data points, and tracking charts may be useful for understanding the activity patterns of these business events between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.
As highlighted in the July 9, 2020, blog post from the FTC, increased interest in levels of M&A activity has warranted that the Bureau of Competition’s Premerger Notification Office (PNO) share the monthly figures for Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act filings. This increased activity can be seen in the strong HSR reported transaction numbers for December 2020. December had 192 reported transactions, the highest number of monthly reported transactions in any December between FY 2010 and FY 2021.
According to Relativity CEO Mike Gamson, “It’s imperative that the legal and compliance industries stay ahead of and evolve with the changing nature of work in organizations globally. Enterprise communications will continue to shift rapidly and scale from traditional channels like email toward chat and collaboration platforms. That’s why Relativity is committed to investing in technology that connects directly to native cloud data sources for surveillance and e-discovery workflows, evolving the data paradigm from documents to include conversations.”
Based on research and tracking by ComplexDiscovery, this non-comprehensive planning list highlighting selected eDiscovery-related events, conferences, and meetings may be beneficial for individuals and organizations in the eDiscovery ecosystem evaluating sponsorship, support, and attendance plans for 2021.
May the peace and joy of the holiday season be with you today and throughout the coming year! From eDiscovery pricing and industry investments to data regulations and cybersecurity frameworks, the December 2020 edition of the Five Great Reads on eDiscovery newsletter provides a selection of recent research, reports, and articles to update and inform legal, business, and information technology professionals in the eDiscovery ecosystem.
According to DISCO CEO Kiwi Camara, “Legaltech is booming now, and the industry’s real growth has only just begun. Over the next five to 10 years, legaltech will emerge as the next high-growth category of enterprise software. We are delighted to see investors acknowledge DISCO’s position as the category creator and category leader for legaltech. Legal departments and law firms are embracing the power of artificial intelligence to automate away the parts of the practice of law that don’t require human legal judgment, freeing great lawyers to do the work that only they can do.”
As we are in the midst of a pandemic that has dramatically influenced the eDiscovery ecosystem, we are still seeking to understand the pandemic’s impact on pricing economics. With the need for this understanding in mind, the aggregated results of five semi-annual eDiscovery Pricing Surveys conducted by ComplexDiscovery may be helpful for discovery professionals as they consider pricing sentiment, trends, and trajectories through the lens of the past with an eye toward the future.
As highlighted in the July 9, 2020, blog post from the FTC, increased interest in levels of M&A activity has warranted that the Bureau of Competition’s Premerger Notification Office (PNO) share the monthly figures for Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act filings. This increased activity can be seen in the strong HSR reported transaction numbers for November 2020. November had 424 reported transactions, the highest number of monthly reported transactions in any month between FY 2010 and FY 2021.