Extract from Ellen O’Leary’s article “Navigating Cloud-Based Data Collection in a Hybrid Environment”
Blame it on COVID. When the pandemic hit, GCs and legal teams were forced to pivot – almost without warning – to a hybrid of office-based and remote working practices. With the broader acceptance of flexible working practices and greater adoption of digital collaboration tools, at least 25% of legal professionals are expected to continue working outside the office even as we swing back to a more normal way of life.
Meanwhile, ESI collection during eDiscovery involves more data types and data volumes than ever before. Due to the circumstances brought on by the pandemic, virtually every industry has seen accelerated demand for cloud-based collaboration platforms across multiple devices. Dropbox, Slack, Google Drive, Outlook, OneDrive, and Gmail are now accepted tools for organizations of all kinds and sizes. The ever-more-complex regulatory compliance environment is also driving significant increases in data volumes.
So, what does this mean for today’s legal professionals? Capable eDiscovery technology and analytics are going to be a long-term, strategic advantage for processing data and meeting deadlines.