In a typical matter, attorneys tend to focus on the analysis and review stage of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model. But if much of the collected data in the review platform is unnecessary, insufficient, spoiled or irrelevant, then reviewers have just bought themselves a load of e-discovery trouble. Attorneys need the earlier EDRM stages (information management, identification, collection and preservation) to work and to work well so that only highly relevant and fully auditable data is sent to formal review.

However, this degree of early e-discovery has been difficult to accomplish. Several factors contribute to the challenge, including a lack of communication between IT and legal, budget concerns, difficulty issuing large-scale legal holds and the overwhelming task of searching through massive electronically stored information (ESI) for relevant data. Fortunately for the corporate e-discovery process, there are ways to overcome these challenges. The result of this preparation will be a highly effective e-discovery workflow along with huge cost savings downstream.

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