Eight C’s of E-Discovery in the Cloud
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Extract from James MacGregor's article "Eight C’s of E-Discovery in the Cloud: While some are still hesitating about migrating skyward, there are good reasons why this seems inevitable"
The adoption of cloud applications is growing across enterprises worldwide. According to Gartner, by 2020 more than 30 percent of the 100 largest enterprise applications will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only – encouraging any enterprise fence-sitters to move in the direction of the cloud. And government agencies are on an even faster path to cloud computing.
Are law firms and corporate legal departments the last holdouts in a sea of change? There is still some lingering hesitation. However, as legal teams increasingly experience and understand the advantages – outlined in the eight C’s below – forward-thinking organizations are making the transition to cloud-based e-discovery.
1. Confidence Up, Barriers Down
In the abstract, the cloud can sound mysterious and risky. But most of us have some experience using cloud applications, and legal professionals are becoming increasingly comfortable with the idea of working in the cloud (think Microsoft Office 365, Google Drive, Salesforce.com and Skype for Business, to name a few). As confidence grows around data security, availability and efficiency, we expect the comfort around the cloud to extend further into the e-discovery realm.
Major technology transitions gather momentum when industry leaders express a vision and then work to bring it to reality. This is now occurring on several fronts. Huge investments by Amazon and Microsoft, for example, into cloud infrastructure have made the cloud a credible, secure reality for e-discovery in enterprises and law firms.
Microsoft, in particular, has set forth a roadmap to meet the business requirements of e-discovery, and it has crafted a direction with its cloud service, Azure, and Office 365, which has been adopted by an estimated 70 percent of the Fortune 500. Microsoft’s Office 365 strategy is compelling: It allows its users to work on the go, at a lower cost, and, perhaps most significantly, with the familiarity of their day-to-day applications and documents.
It is noteworthy that the use of Office 365 is growing in parallel with skyrocketing data volumes, making Office 365 an important source of electronically stored information (ESI) in the discovery process. Combined with Azure, which provides the ability to build and deploy cloud applications and handle the infrastructure and operational aspects of managing enterprise IT, the benefits are even more compelling to organizations. In the e-discovery context, kCura’s RelativityOne, the cloud version of Relativity, sits in the Azure cloud, making the transition to the cloud easier for practitioners already using Office 365.
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