Lucy Saddleton, Canadian Lawyer: Cloud-Based E-Discovery Doubled in the Past Year: Everlaw Survey

Extract from Lucy Saddleton’s article “Cloud-Based E-Discovery Doubled in the Past Year: Everlaw Survey”

Ninety-six percent view the shift to cloud-based e-discovery Inevitable by 2024

Cloud-based e-discovery managed in-house has doubled in the past year, according to a survey by cloud-native investigation and litigation platform, Everlaw. The 2022 ‘Ediscovery Innovation Report: Leaders and Laggards’ found that 24 percent of e-discovery was managed in-house, compared to only 10 percent in 2021. Meanwhile, 55 percent of respondents are managing an in-house solution, whether cloud-based or on premises.

The report – which surveyed nearly 200 legal professionals in the U.S. across law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, and legal service providers – also found that 96 percent of respondents view the shift to the cloud as inevitable by 2024.

The number of respondents that believe cloud-based e-discovery is already the norm increased by 66 percent in 2022 as compared to 2021.

“Cloud-based e-discovery adoption has crossed the tipping point for the first time,” said Chuck Kellner, strategic discovery advisor at Everlaw. “Cloud is not just the future of e-discovery, it is increasingly the norm. It’s propelled by the pandemic and proven out by the success of early adopters.”

An overwhelming majority (96 percent) of respondents say cloud-based discovery is or will soon be the norm. 

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