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    Activity Patterns for eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments (2001-2017)

    Activity Patterns for eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments (2001-2017)

    Since beginning to track the number of publicly highlighted merger, acquisition, and investment (M&A+I) events in the eDiscovery ecosystem, ComplexDiscovery has noted more than 300 M&A+I events between November 2001 and today. The following article highlights the pattern of these activities on an annual and monthly basis.

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    An Abridged Look at the Business of eDiscovery: Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments

    An Abridged Look at the Business of eDiscovery: Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments

    The presented listing highlights key industry business moves by sharing the announcement date, acquired company, acquiring or investing company, and acquisition amount (if known) of significant eDiscovery-related mergers, acquisitions, and investments.

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    A Running List: Top 100+ eDiscovery Providers

    A Running List: Top 100+ eDiscovery Providers

    Based on a compilation of research from analyst firms and industry expert reports in the electronic discovery arena, the following “Top 100+Provider” list provides a short listing that may be useful in the consideration of eDiscovery providers. This listing is taken primarily from eDiscovery provider mentions in selected key formal industry reports and surveys published between August 2011 and today.

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    Validated Market Opportunities for 2017: SaaS-based Legal and Data Discovery Automation

    Validated Market Opportunities for 2017: SaaS-based Legal and Data Discovery Automation

    In 2017, the challenge for technology providers in the legal and data discovery spaces appears to be less about defining offering requirements and validating market needs and more about developing and delivering solutions that focus on specific tasks and processes that streamline the discovery of data and the conduct of eDiscovery.

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    A Concise Framework for Discovery Automation

    A Concise Framework for Discovery Automation

    One of the biggest challenges facing information, business, and legal professionals is the ability to cohesively consider the elements of data discovery and legal discovery within a technology framework that is comprehensive enough to address critical discovery tasks throughout information and legal lifecycles yet concise enough to be realistically approached from an automation perspective.

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    5 Experts Share Advice on Preparing for GDPR

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    Extract from article Christian Buckley

    Are companies underestimating the potential impact of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming in 2018?

    What we’re seeing is companies broadly falling into four pots: the Ostriches, the Swans, the Tree Frogs and the Lions.

    The Ostriches are simply burying their heads and hoping the entire regulation simply does not apply to them — this seems to be true of many organizations based outside of the EU — they’re convinced there is ‘nothing to see here’ and are carrying on regardless.

    The Swans are putting on a brave face whilst madly scrambling behind the scenes to pay the information ‘taxes’ they have not been paying as they go along. They’re trying to gather, audit, classify and generally get a grip on the information they have, why they have it and where it is. They’re the most engaged but they’ve got a sweat on behind closed doors.

    The Tree Frogs are calm. They sit there on their branch just chirping ‘compliant!’ every few minutes. In some cases they do genuinely get it, they’ve been through the process to understand their compliance/risk position and they’re pretty chilled. In other cases, they just have not understood the obligations (and the risks) and think they’re all good — in many cases this belief has been driven by what they’re being told by IT partners and vendors, who are actually Ostriches ….

    The final group — the Lions — are the ones that are just backed into a corner and are lashing out at anybody within paws reach. They hate the EU, they hate information, they hate consultants trying to help them — they’re lashing out while secretly hoping the whole thing will just go away.

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    Key Strategies to Improve the Performance of E-Discovery Teams

    Extract from report by Michael Caton of Aberdeen

    More than 80% of organizations have adopted eDiscovery tools to help with legal matters. However, they have just adopted the technology basics for identifying and classifying documents and communications by hand. Companies need to look at advanced technologies for classifying documents if they want to improve their productivity and reduce costs.

    Whether facing a legal matter, or trying to better understand the impact of business change on existing contracts, organizations still struggle with how to get the most from their eDiscovery technology. Based on results from Aberdeen’s research, the time and cost of eDiscovery processes continue to be issues for organizations. Furthermore, organizations have largely not yet adopted the latest eDiscovery technology. To help reduce costs and time spent in the discovery process, we recommend that organizations begin adopting the following technologies:

    • Technology-assisted review
    • Legal hold management solutions
    • Use of direct connectors to applications

    This indicates organizations rely too heavily on people, resulting in the process taking too long, which increases costs.

    Adopting these technologies will help groups drive down costs, be less reliant on IT for assistance, and enable them to be more consistent in marking documents and communication for further review.

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    IT Security vs. Cloud Creep – The Menace that Comes from Within


    Extract from article by Nick Ismail

    Today, many organisations are finding it increasingly difficult to track and control which cloud services are being used within their business. In sectors such as finance and banking, especially, where highly sensitive data is handled on a daily basis, the potential risks can be extremely detrimental.

    As an example, if a marketing department decides to purchase a subscription to a cloud email-marketing tool and input customer email information, they could potentially be breaking the bank’s individual data protection guidelines around the security of customer data.

    In order to avoid this conflict, it is fundamental that a company’s IT department looks to create an efficient and precise framework for all cloud purchasing. It should be expected that each department will insist on having a say as to which cloud applications they prefer to use, therefore IT teams should strive to advise each sector accordingly.

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    5 Experts Share Advice on Preparing for GDPR
    5 Experts Share Advice on Preparing for GDPR

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a great example of change taking place in one part …

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    Revenue Expansion or Erosion? eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey Results - Summer 2017
    Revenue Expansion or Erosion? eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey Results – Summer 2017

    The Summer 2017 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey is a non-scientific survey designed to provide…

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    Five Great Reads on Information Governance and eDiscovery: ILTA Edition
    Five Great Reads on Information Governance and eDiscovery: ILTA Edition

    This edition of the newsletter highlights five key posts on information governance and electronic di…

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