eDiscovery Insights

How To Avoid Complications From A Dual Environment

In a recent article, I analyzed the root-cause of challenges that are holding back adoption of eDiscovery cloud computing. IPE (Inverse Performance Equation) is one of the biggest culprits. As matters exceed a couple hundred gigs of data or so, reviewer productivity grinds down to painfully slow levels. To address this, many organizations are opting to maintain two eDiscovery environments: one in the cloud and one on-prem.

Take Advantage Of This Rare Opportunity To Attract Great Talent

You’ve likely heard about the big quit. It may even have impacted your organization by now. The U.S. Department of Labor recently noted that 4.3 million people left their job in January of 2022 alone. As I speak with leaders of eDiscovery practices across the nation, I hear concerns about how this is, or might be, impacting their operations. The eDiscovery industry is not immune to the big quit. In fact, I have a sense that we are right in the thick of it.


The Case Against Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for eDiscovery

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Four Ideas To Improve Reviewer Performance, Morale & Profitability

For about the last 10 years or so, there has been a lot of talk about how the cloud would transform eDiscovery. The idea is simple enough. Instead of loading data into on-prem systems, everything gets loaded into the cloud. Reviewers then use web browsers to complete their work. It’s a nice idea, a grand vision even. But there’s a problem. Once your data sets exceed a couple hundred gigs, reviewer productivity grinds to an excruciatingly slow pace. The more data you add, the worse it gets.

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What I’ve Learned After 23 Years In This Field

For more than 20 years now, I’ve carried primary responsibility to keep eDiscovery environments humming along like a well-oiled machine. I’ve lost count of the number of environments I’ve consulted with, but let’s just say it’s well over one hundred. My first opportunity to get under the hood of this industry came in 1999 when I was Litigation Support Analyst for Akin Gump. From 1999 to 2022, I’ve seen nothing less than a sea-swell of change. As I reflect back on this 23-year journey, I’m left with one overriding impression.

How To Lock-Down Expenses So You Achieve Cost Certainty

One of the biggest challenges with owning and managing eDiscovery environments is unpredictable costs. On more than one occasion, people have come to us because they are staring at a price tag that they find incredulous. “Does it really cost that much?” “Do eDiscovery businesses actually make money?” These are questions we’ve heard numerous times, usually after an executive has reviewed a potential expenditure and then said—go find a better alternative. Truly, costs can spiral out of control quickly in eDiscovery.

How To Prepare For The Uncertainties Ahead

The future is a mystery to all of us. Anyone who tells you otherwise probably has their own agenda, one that may or may not favor you. That being said, I’m not convinced that we need to wait for the future to unfold and then try to pivot in real time. That can be very painful. I prefer to anticipate a range of possible outcomes and then to make strategic bets about what is most likely to occur. In my first article on this topic, I outlined eight trends that are very likely to happen in the future. In this thought piece, I want to explore eight trends that may or may not happen in the future.

How To Turn Coming Disruption Into Competitive Advantage

It has been said that the future is the last great frontier. The future is, in fact, a topic of conversation that comes up with clients on a routine basis. Clients often ask these types of questions: “What’s coming down the road? What do I need to keep a close eye on that could potentially disrupt our operations? What trends should I be watching both now and in the future?” This has come up often enough that I thought I would write a complete article about it.

How To Do It For Little-To-No Additional Cost

As an eDiscovery consultant, I’ve assessed and managed hundreds of client environments. I’ve been fortunate to work with some truly talented technologists. After thousands of engagements, here’s what I’ve learned. The pressure to perform in this industry is incredibly high. I see organizations struggling with two core questions. First, how do we do more with less, given that budgets and resources are limited? Second, how do handle a large new project that could overwhelm our existing capacities?

Five Guiding Principles For Finding The Hidden Money In The Mattress

Over the last five years, the eDiscovery industry has experienced dramatic disruptive change. One of the biggest changes has to do with client expectations. eDiscovery costs have skyrocketed for a variety of reasons. But clients seem to believe that technology, not people, now do most of this work. They expect to pay less because they seem to believe that AI and technology systems have made eDiscovery cheaper. This has produced substantial downward pressure on eDiscovery hosting and processing fees.

How To Plug These Security Holes Right Now

Over the course of my fifteen-year career as a technology consultant, I’ve audited hundreds of eDiscovery environments. Nearly every eDiscovery environment I’ve audited contains security holes. These holes exist despite the very best efforts to secure client data.

How early-release vetting will shorten the certification schedule.

George Jon is committed to keeping clients abreast of material changes affecting eDiscovery platforms and the industry at large. This article discusses internal research conducted on the forthcoming Relativity Server 2021, which we expect to be released on Wednesday, March 24th. The George Jon Application Testing team has installed an early release of Relativity Server 2021 in the GJ Lab, prior to the official release of Relativity Server 2021.

Why DR systems are vital to countering ransomware threats.

Suffering a ransomware attack is a costly proposition for every modern organization. There are various cyber-security threats that companies must counter on a daily basis, from phishing and denial-of-service attacks to zero-day exploits and simple human error. But of all the threats lurking in today’s digital world, ransomware is by far the most menacing, a profitable “mechanism of chaos” for hackers and cybercriminals.

We've optimized migrations to public clouds to ensure cost-effective, scalable solutions.

As predicted by Forbes, 83% of enterprise workloads will be in “the cloud” by year’s end 2020, comprised of 20% private cloud, 22% hybrid cloud, and 41% public cloud. In forecasting and preparing for this critical transition, George Jon has tested and optimized migrations of eDiscovery applications to public clouds to ensure a cost-effective, scalable, and performant solution that meets industry demands.

eDiscovery users must segregate their highly sensitive data from everyday ops.

Information assets maintained by law firms, corporate enterprises, and third-party service providers are constantly under siege from growing, ever-evolving cyber-attacks. As a member of the eDiscovery community and due to the highly sensitive nature of the data you process and store, your firm has a target on its back and for good reason.
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