Extract from Irfan Shuttari’s article “The Good, The Bad and The Way Forward: What You Need to Know About eDiscovery with Microsoft 365”
With so much enterprise data moving to the cloud in recent years, it has become easier to move eDiscovery processes further to the left of the EDRM model – to the point that it’s becoming more common to apply analytics and searching where the data lives. Given the enormous growth of data in the world – from 2 zettabytes in 2010 to 120 zettabytes today – it has become imperative for organizations to perform early data assessment for eDiscovery at the source to effectively manage timelines and (even more importantly) costs.
Perhaps the enterprise solution that best illustrates the huge move to the cloud today is Microsoft 365. Microsoft has not only moved its long popular Office apps (like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) into the cloud, but M365 also includes apps like SharePoint and OneDrive for document management and Teams for collaboration and web meetings. It even provides data governance and eDiscovery capabilities through Microsoft Purview! M365 more than doubled their users between 2018 and 2022 and has over 345 million users today!
With so many organizations using M365, should you use it as your eDiscovery platform? Here’s what you need to know about M365’s eDiscovery capabilities and limitations to decide whether it’s right for you.