Gartner Report Identifies Disruptive Forces in eDiscovery

Scott Lefton

May 26 2015

Last week, Gartner released its much-anticipated 2015 Magic Quadrant for eDiscovery software, which concludes, “Controlling risk and cost remains the primary business goal for seeking better and more effective e-discovery solutions.”

In the “Market Overview” of this year’s research report, Gartner’s analysts estimated that total worldwide eDiscovery software sales grew by more than 10 percent in 2014, and the report also identifies five significant changes that shook up the eDiscovery industry in the past year.

The first of those notable market developments, according to Gartner, was the growing usage of Microsoft Office 365. “Migration to Office 365 has set off evaluation discussions and upgrade projects on e-discovery processes and tools,” said the report. “This is a common theme: Organizations are in the process of migrating email and documents into Office 365 and need to take a step back on what that means to their established e-discovery process and technology application.”

With vast amounts of data from Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange now stored in the Office 365 cloud, there are profound changes to the way that documents are discoverable during litigation. This has eDiscovery teams thinking in new ways about how to collect that data from the cloud – not to mention data collection from the proliferation of other new data sources, such as mobile devices—and is serving as a disruptive force in how we all think about traditional electronic discovery practice.

AccessData foresaw this Office 365 migration trend and invested very early in the development of functionality in our software that would be compatible. Our AD eDiscovery software product, an end-to-end platform that supports eDiscovery workflow across the EDRM, has a built-in Office 365 connector that allows litigation teams to forensically preserve electronically stored information from all data sources, including cloud sources such as Office 365. Moreover, our product roadmap includes new tools to make it easier for users to experience full integration with Office 365, including the eDiscovery functions in Microsoft SharePoint.

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