We often ask our clients to bring IT and Legal together for a conversation. We use our experienced staff to help coordinate between the two groups on legal issues, retention policies and key technology concerns. For example, we don’t expect GCs to understand storage area networks (SAN) and host bus adapters (HBA), but we do want them to know that the equivalent to a post-it note on a contract is meta-data properties like blind-carbon copy on emails. We also encourage our clients and prospects to educate themselves using white papers, publications and blogs.
Focus, we say let’s focus on your industry and what we know can be destroyed. Each client carries different requirements and regulations. For example, the Financial Services industry is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC establishes rules for all financial services companies’ business and communication process. In 2000 they required all financial services companies to retain communications between broker-dealers under the 17a-4 for a period of seven (7) years.
We try to help our clients understand as much about IT data storage as it is required to make quantitative and qualitative decisions about their case. We are also helping them understand the difference between technology solutions; a good analogy is the difference between a sprinkler system and individual extinguishers for fire suppression.
At first they seem disconnected by language used by legal versus language used by IT. In many cases, the technologies are in place to affect policy, but having a good moderator in place is required. At Applied Discovery, we spend time with our clients helping them bridge those policies to the technologies. There are cases where a policy needs to be revisited so technology can be enacted.
Note from Joshua: Due to my attendance at LegalTech, this will be the last interview posted this week. Synopsis Part 2: Evidence Lifecycle Management (ELM)
The mood with legal counsel is still one in which they feel a bit intimidated by the information technology jargon that is thrust their way by eDiscovery. Their comfort zone rests in writing a document (e.g., retention policy management) that they believe should be taken literally. Of course such documents should be followed to the letter. However, when a CEO, CFO, or VP Sales has to save a document to a thumb drive
Synopsis Part 2: Intelligent collection and preservation contains eDiscovery costs savings
Synopsis Part 1: Legally, what’s a retention policy? How to educate IT? What’s a CIO to do? — Electronic data discovery Interview – Michele Lange, Esq., is the director of legal technologies for Kroll Ontrack (Part 2 of 2) — Joshua Konkle: What is causing the need for intelligent preservation/collection by the corporation? — Michele Lange: Cost Containment. eDiscovery can be costly if not well managed.
Synopsis Part 2: Educating Legal and IT on eDiscovery and policy challengesSynopsis Part 1: Intelligent collection for eDiscovery processing at $4/gigabyte Electronic data discovery Interview
Electronic data discovery Interview – Aaref Hilaly, Chief Executive Officer, Clearwell Systems (Part 3 of 3)
Aaref brings extensive technology, entrepreneurial management, and Fortune 500 consulting expertise to his position. Prior to Clearwell, he was Co-Founder, President and CEO of CenterRun, which he led from inception in 2000 to its acquisition by Sun Microsystems (NYSE:SUN) in August 2003. CenterRun was a leading provider of application provisioning software and today forms the basis of Sun’s data center automation product suite.
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