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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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    Play the New e-Discovery “Hive Mind” Game: Small, Medium or Large?

    Extract from article by Ralph Losey

    Playing games is a great way to learn. That’s one reason I’ve devised a game concerning the interesting and fairly complex issues involved in trying to determine what e-discovery activities are proportional and appropriate in various sized cases. Specifically, what should you do to prepare for federal court 26(f) conferences in small and medium sized cases, versus large, complicated cases? I have had to give this a lot of thought as part of my practice as a lawyer supervising hundreds of e-discovery projects at a time, projects of all different sizes. I could simply give you my answer, but after five books, I’ve already been there and done that. So I thought I’d try something new and make this learning into a game where you consider and vote on what activities you think are appropriate for a Small, Medium or Large case.

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    Where Do I Start? Seeking and Sourcing eDiscovery Software

    By Rob Robinson

    One of the most significant challenges for those seeking and sourcing eDiscovery software and software-enabled services is, where do I start? From a technology buying cycle perspective, the following steps highlight a general guideline that may serve as a framework for helping individuals and organizations address this buying process challenge.

    Discovery Technology Buying Cycle Steps

    1. Determine the Discovery Problem or Goal
    2. Identify Discovery Technology Critical to the Solution
    3. Form a Shortlist of Provider Solutions
    4. Talk to End Users of Solutions on Shortlist
    5. Evaluate Potential Solution Options (Discussions, Demonstrations, Trials)
    6. Select Solution and Negotiate Pricing and Terms

    Of the steps in this technology buying cycle framework, steps number three and four many times pose unique challenges given the number of offerings and providers in the eDiscovery ecosystem. There are many providers in the eDiscovery ecosystem that provide access to software and services. There is an even smaller subset of those providers that develop and deliver software and offer it to end-users directly (direct sales) or indirectly through integrators or aggregators (resell partners).

    For those interested in a holistic, top-down approach to evaluating potential software and service solutions, there are many lists of providers that present an overview of available providers through the lens of listed names and links. These lists include but are not limited to:

    For those interested in a more targeted, bottoms-up approach to evaluating possible software or software-enabled service solutions, several online technology review sites are available for helping individuals to understand offerings through the lens of customer feedback. These sites include but are not limited to:

    Details of these review sites and direct links to the eDiscovery sections of these sites are provided below for your consideration.

    About Gartner Peer Insights

    Gartner Peer Insights is the Gartner platform for ratings and reviews of enterprise technology solutions by end-user professionals for end-user professionals. The vision of Garner Peer Insights it to provide technology buyers with unbiased references when making technology decisions throughout the technology buying cycle.

    About Capterra

    Capterra is the world’s leading free software discovery and reviews platform, where organizations of all types and sizes start their search. Founded in 1999, Capterra was acquired in 2015 by Gartner, Inc. Capterra.com features the largest online collection of software user reviews and research across hundreds of categories. Every year, Capterra helps millions of buyers find the right software solutions for their business.

    About G2 Crowd, Inc.

    G2 Crowd, the world’s leading business solution review platform, leverages more than 260,000 user reviews to drive better purchasing decisions. Business professionals, buyers, investors, and analysts use the site to compare and select the best software and services based on peer reviews and synthesized social data. Every month, nearly one million people visit G2 Crowd’s site to gain unique insights. Co-founded by the founder and former executives of SaaS leaders like BigMachines (acquired by Oracle) and SteelBrick (acquired by Salesforce) and backed by more than $45 million in capital, G2 Crowd aims to bring authenticity and transparency to the business marketplace.

    Go Ahead and Start

    As organizations navigate the nuances of the complex eDiscovery technology landscape, they can feel comfortable that there are many reliable providers and solutions. In fact, given the competition of the marketplace and the capability of those providing software and services, it might be said that the selection challenge is less of making the right choice (as there are many right choices), and more of not making the wrong choice. With the resources highlighted in this article, hopefully, you will be better positioned to seek and source the right solution for your eDiscovery requirements.

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    Do You Have “Security Fatigue”?

    Extract from article by Joanne Rapuano

    Defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), security fatigue is a weariness or reluctance to deal with computer security, leading to feelings of resignation and loss of control. “These reactions can lead to avoiding decisions, choosing the easiest option among alternatives, making decisions influenced by immediate motivations, behaving impulsively, and failing to follow security rules”…leading to increased risk which the hackers are taking full advantage of daily.

    Help is on the way: the next cybersecurity fix for this username/password conundrum? Biometrics.

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    Play the New e-Discovery “Hive Mind” Game: Small, Medium or Large?
    Play the New e-Discovery “Hive Mind” Game: Small, Medium or Large?

    What should you do to prepare for federal court 26(f) conferences in small and medium sized cases, v…

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    The Top Issue Impacting eDiscovery Business Performance: Budgetary Constraints (Fall 2017)
    The Top Issue Impacting eDiscovery Business Performance: Budgetary Constraints (Fall 2017)

    In the Fall of 2017, 31% of respondents viewed budgetary constraints as potentially having the great…

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    Five Great Reads on Information Governance and eDiscovery: From Deals and Dollars to Constraints and Costs
    Five Great Reads on Information Governance and eDiscovery: From Deals and Dollars to Constraints and Costs

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

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