Barry Murphy’s recent article in Forbes,”e-Discovery in the Cloud Not As Simple As You Think,” really got us thinking.
Barry Murphy of the eDJ Group recently conducted “The Cloud and eDiscovery” survey finding that many companies are in fact moving to some form of cloud based solutions for their business. However, he also found that of those companies utilizing the cloud, a very small number (only 16%) have an eDiscovery plan in place if a need were to arise.
The way Murphy put it was, “While organizations are utilizing cloud-based solutions more and more, eDiscovery from those solutions often remains an afterthought.” He went on to say, “When companies don’t have solid preservation and collection plans in place, eDiscovery can very easily spiral out of control and result in potential sanctions or prohibitive costs for collection, processing and review.”
As Murphy mentions, “there seems to be a widespread assumption that information in the cloud is at an organization’s fingertips at all times with the touch of a search button, that is not necessarily the case.”
There are two options at this point. Take the reactionary position and wait for disaster to strike or implement a preservation plan so if and when that disaster strikes, you will save time, money and your life will be a whole lot easier. Especially for corporations to whom litigation is no stranger, the need for preservation for eDiscovery readiness is crucial.
More often than not we have clients coming to us after the fact hoping we can dig them out of a massive data nightmare. Now, don’t get us wrong,–we love the business and a good challenge–but there is simply a better, more forward-thinking stance that won’t leave your company scrambling for a solution.