LDM Global today announced the results of its 2010 eDiscovery survey, indicating heightened concern across the US and EU regarding the balance of finding responsive data in large volumes of ESI set against managing increasing budgetary constraints. The company asked a selection of industry professionals their views on current eDiscovery challenges. Over 100 responses were collected, mostly from litigation support professionals and attorneys, but also from roles as diverse as Investigating Officers and Document Management specialists…According to Scott Merrick, LDM Global Marketing Director and survey author, “The survey was intended to be a snapshot of the industry and not statistically meaningful in a broad sense. We were looking for a quick measure of what industry professionals are thinking about specific issues at a given moment. While the results of this snapshot are not surprising, what is interesting is how the challenges are growing. As data volumes increase, litigation becomes more global and budgets get tighter. Organizations continue to need solutions and services to help reduce volumes, manage costs and get to pertinent information.”
To summarise the key points of the survey:
* Approximately 60% of respondents were from the US and 40% from the EU or other countries.
* The biggest concerns affecting the volume of ESI data collected are the fear of not finding all responsive data, and the difficulty of understanding where the data may reside. Cost also featured heavily, as did concern that counsel may not have a specific focus to limit collection.
* The greatest challenges facing eDiscovery projects are budget constraints and the continued increase in volumes of data to be managed.
* eDiscovery is becoming more international. 62% responded they have data coming from more than one country, raising consideration for data privacy with 41% of respondents.
* Collection of data proves the most difficult stage of the eDiscovery lifecycle for 55% of people taking part, with Processing and Production posing the fewest difficulties.
* Outsourced services are most commonly used for collections (53% of respondents) and processing with 40% of respondents. 25% occasionally outsource review of data.
To access the full report on the survey results go to http://www.ldmglobal.com/
About LDM Global
LDM Global is a worldwide premier legal document and information management provider specializing in computer forensics, tape restoration, large scale electronic and paper based discovery services, online review and international projects. Since its inception in 1996, LDM Global has remained at the forefront of the legal industry. LDM Global is known for its legal document management expertise and superior customer service, which has made it the leading international company of choice for lawyers worldwide. LDM Global operates from 7 major locations – London, Manchester, Brussels, Paris, Sydney, Connecticut and Washington D.C.