The heat around various topics in the eDiscovery realm ebbs and flows. Lately, eDiscoveryJournal has published perspectives on predictive coding, mergers & acquisitions in the eDiscovery space (with a focus on service providers), collection and preservation of social media, and mobile forensics. All are hot topics, all are deserving of the attention. Don’t think that other topics are diminished, though. My presentation at the upcoming Document Strategy Forum (October 29-30) has me thinking again about eDiscovery and the cloud and how relevant the topic still is.
My session at DSF is titled “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Managing Cloud-Based Enterprise Information for Fast Access, Review and Analysis.” With the arrival of the cloud, it’s easy to think this new application is a convenient dumping ground for the information you don’t need. Remember, just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it can’t hurt you. This presentation will focus on the common cloud-based enterprise information management applications in use today and provide the tips and tricks on how to correctly save information and proactively negotiate service levels for eDiscovery.
Think the issues the cloud presents for information governance and eDiscovery aren’t real or warranted? Well, eDJ Group’s services team is currently working with one large corporation (Fortune 25) who is thinking about moving much of its information to the cloud. eDJ’s consultants are helping their legal department literally write the requirements for the eDiscovery of data that lives in the cloud before IT actually outsources the management of that data. This corporation is bucking the trend of eDiscovery as an afterthought, and is now defining upfront how the cloud provider will accommodate any eDiscovery needs that arise.
The issue of eDiscovery in the cloud is very real. Look for more articles about it in the eDiscoveryJournal. Greg Buckles recently wrote about legal holds in Microsoft Office 365 (Microsoft’s cloud email and collaboration offering). If you have questions about the cloud and its impact on eDiscovery, please join me at the Document Strategy Forum on Tuesday, October 30 at noon ET in Stamford, CT. Or, comment below and I’ll be sure to answer any questions that come up.