Minimize need for Data Scientists

December 31, 2012

Anywhere we turn, we read about the shortage of Data Scientists to help us make sense of Big Data.  How do we resolve this bottleneck?

As an analogy, look at Content Management Systems.  In the late 90’s everybody wanted a website and IT expertise was a bottleneck – Every new piece of content had to be coded by an IT elite.  We resolved issue by abstracting the basic needs and made them easy for non-techies.

We need to do this again for Big Data. Industry is crying out for a solution.

Pressure on Information Governance

December 30, 2012

Improvements in search technology, enables individuals broad and immediate access to firm and client information.   Firms may discover that minimal restrictions on document security and powerful search tools may lead to embarrassing situations.  A thorough Information Governance policy is becoming critical to organizations.

The forces driving need for an Information Governance policy include Compliance, Risk Management, Security and International laws.  Forces Information Governance advocates have to contend with include Business needs, Access to information & need for unrestricted research.

Do you have an Information Governance Framework in place?  Is that one of your firm’s Goals for 2013?

eDiscovery mergers, acquisitions

December 30, 2012

Complex Discovery updated their website….

Small case e-discovery

December 24, 2012

To effectively do it yourself for small cases, requires technical skills and aptitudes to run a multitude of tools and integrate them.  Who in e-
Discovery is trying to address this niche?


leveling the playing field for small law firms in E-Discovery

December 24, 2012

Salient points are:

  • Hammer out a phased discovery plan— Agree to limit initial collection efforts to the key custodians so that if initial efforts do not get what is needed, then a new, expanded phase of discovery can begin. This limits the scope of discovery without handcuffing parties later.
  • Limit the number of custodians — Not everyone involved in a given case will have a smoking gun email. Each custodian removed from the list can save time and expense in collecting data.
  • Limit the search terms — Too many search terms or terms that are too broad will produce too much ESI to process and review.

E-discovery for everybody

December 24, 2012

very nice article –

The vast majority of cases filed, developed and tried in the United States are not multi-million dollar dust ups between big companies. Solo and small firm counsel need affordable, user-friendly tools designed for ediscovery–tools that preserve metadata, offer efficient workflow and  handle the common file formats that account for nearly all of the ESI seen in day-to-day litigation.

The pieces with low cost or open solutions are there, though the integration falls short.  Sam Walton became the richest man of his era by selling to more for less. There’s a fast growing need…and a huge emerging market.

eDiscovery Pet Peeves

December 18, 2012

eDJ’s listed pet peeves….

Do you have your own?

Predictive Technology Vendor Poll

December 17, 2012



Do we really need to focus on SLA’s?

December 12, 2012

We need to recognize that the best practice for cloud application design and configuration is to build resiliency into the application rather than expect it from the cloud platform. This way you can achieve any service-level agreement regardless of the base SLA provided by the cloud platform. Getting the performance you need is an application-specific goal anyway. What’s the value of having your sourcing and vendor management team negotiate a high and tight SLA from the cloud vendor when source of issue is the application?

Top 10 eDiscovery Production errors

December 11, 2012

Which errors does your Litigation support vendor commit?

I have found that automated QC can address most of these issues.