Historically, eDiscovery has wrestled with the challenges of exploding volumes of data, along with the difficulties of wrangling data from wherever it may lie within an organization so that it could be preserved, collected, and presented in litigation.
Who can argue that we are facing even more difficult challenges now as we emerge from the disruptive changes wrought by Covid? Recent studies show that every minute of every day finds 150,000 users sending Slack messages, with 100,000 users connected to Teams. The remote work requirements of the pandemic lockdowns only accelerated an explosion in collaboration technologies that was already underway.
With almost $500 billion expected to be spent on artificial intelligence by 2024, along with investments in extended reality, blockchain, human augmentation, data science and so much more, technology will be transforming commerce, business, and human interaction in ways we could only have dreamed of only a short time ago.
It is time to re-imagine the governance of all of this technology and the data it will create. Do our current constructs, laws and regulations work in this new world? Are they a match for the emerging technologies that will fuel real digital transformation? The MER Conference, scheduled for May 10-12 in Indianapolis, will be digging into this theme with a roster of 50+ speakers and industry thought leaders across 30 sessions. The full agenda can be viewed here: https://www.merconference.com/agenda
ACEDS recommends the MER Conference for all eDiscovery legal professionals. Using promo code ACEDS attendees will receive a $450 discount on their in-person registration fee. Attendees who wish to join the virtual portion of the conference can use promo code ACEDSv to receive a $200 discount on their registration fee.
Now is the time to re-think Information Governance, which directly connects with eDiscovery, and it starts at the MER Conference.