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E-discovery will slash compliance costs, says Gartner

Cliff Saran

By the end of 2012, organisations that fully document their search processes in e-discovery will save 25% on their collection processes, according to Gartner.

"Addressing the ongoing challenge of the IT perspective of litigation management demands both that the technologies be acquired and that procedures for using them be established," said Whit Andrews, vice president and distinguished analyst. "Companies need to own the products that will be necessary for them to address litigation and understand that those products will not have the same positive impact unless they are supported by repeatable, effective, systemic processes for lawyers and IT to follow."

In terms of storage requirements to support regulatory compliance, Gartner recommended that IT departments analyse the corpus of documents and data early. Understanding the underlying content of the case holistically will allow IT workers and lawyers to discuss meaningfully what the impact will be of any collection strategy. It will also give the senior litigator the ability to call whether the case should proceed or be settled, Gartner said.

Gartner recommended that IT departments estimate the price scale for collection based on what it will cost to pursue strategies of different degrees of intensity. Budgeting the cost of collection will allow IT workers and lawyers to work together to determine a proportional expenditure on e-discovery that is proper for a case, given its significance and the financial exposure it represents.


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