Faced with the accelerating increase in the volume of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) and the emergence of the concept of Big Data, enterprises worldwide need next generation IT systems to fulfill their corporate compliance, information governance and eDiscovery requirements to process and analyze all of this data. It is in response to this demand and the result of recent legal precendents that Technology Assisted Review (TAR), also known as Predictive Coding or Computer Assisted eDiscovery, is emerging as a legally viable and court-recognized option.
Many businesses either rely on in-house custom software or purchase and customize commercial software packages to meet their mission critical business needs. Unfortunately these approaches are failing to meet the needs of enterprises as they demand faster development and deployment times for these apps. To address that challenge, a new group of vendors in the cloud promises to improve these mediocre mission critical business processes by speeding up development/deployment cycles while reducing the total cost of ownership of enterprise applications.
I spend the last 3 days walking the exhibit hall and meeting with technology vendors at the 2012 International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) Conference held August 26-30, 2012 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in Washington, D.C. ILTA is the premier peer networking organization, providing information to members to maximize the value of technology in support of the legal profession. As such, ITLA’s annual conference is a great place to talk to most of the technology vendors targeting the legal market, see demos of their technology offerings, listen to presentations from industry experts and judge the current status of the evolution of technology adoption within the legal community.
Accellion Private Cloud File-Sync-and-Share Enables Access to Microsoft SharePoint and Autonomy iManage
Today’s quickly evolving cloud environment pushes employees to store sensitive information in a variety of public cloud file-sync-and-share solutions such as Box, iCloud, Google Drive and DropBox. This evolution of private and public file-sync-and-share solutions creates an environment where an organization’s security and compliance goals are at risk.
An integrated and centralized data store model that enables stakeholders from throughout an organization to harvest and analyze data on the same platform continues to be the goal of many organizations from the Global 2000 as they strive to address the requirements of Big Data. However, with today’s decentralized and cloud based storage systems and data storage requirements for the Global 2000 reaching the petabyte and even exabyte levels, massive centralized single data store infrastructures with single points of failure such as Apache Hadoop may not the most effective long term solution.
The risks associated with using popular social media platforms are well documented. Fortunately, businesses worldwide are quickly evolving their understanding of the risks of what information should and should not be communicated or shared by employees via the various social media platforms. However, these same businesses may be at an even greater risk of exposing proprietary and confidential information by their employees through the use of public cloud storage platforms such as Dropbox.
Earlier this week I attended the 2nd Annual Carmel Valley eDiscovery Retreat (CVeDR) in Monterey, California. CVeDR, founded by Chris La Cour, brings together well known Litigation and eDiscovery experts and industry thought leaders for 3 days of speeches, panel discussions and debate on the important topics facing the industry.
DCIG Announces the Industry’s First, Most Comprehensive DCIG 2012 Early Case Assessment Software Buyer’s Guide
Today DCIG and eDiscovery Solutions Group are pleased to jointly announce the availability of a new DCIG Buyer’s Guide, the DCIG 2012 Early Case Assessment Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks 25 software tools that help law firms, litigators and organizations reduce their overall cost of eDiscovery. This Buyer’s Guide gives these entities the resources they need to assist them to quickly complete what is typically a very arduous and time-consuming process: selecting the right ECA software that matches their specific requirements.
Symantec Reveals Businesses Worldwide are Struggling with Protecting and Managing their $1.1 Trillion Annual Investment in Digital Information
The results of the inaugural Global State of the Information Survey are in and they reveal that businesses worldwide are struggling with protecting and managing the $1.1 trillion investment they are required to make in digital information to remain competitive. Commissioned by Symantec, the survey of 4,506 organizations of various sizes in 48 different countries reveals that digital information now makes up 49 percent of organization’s total value with accompanying new challenges and liabilities that cannot be ignored.
Everyone sings the praises of how great and wonderful private cloud infrastructures are and what a difference maker solid state disks (SSDs) are. However Virsto has found that its software provides some of the secret ingredients needed to make private cloud infrastructures easy to manage and what it really takes to make SSDs sing. Today I complete my interview series with Virsto’s CEO, Mark Davis, about what Virsto offers to bring out the best in private cloud infrastructures and SSDs.