I recorded a webinar recently with Johannes Scholtes, Chief Strategy Officer at ZyLAB, and Mary Mack, Enterprise Technology Counsel for ZyLAB. it was called Bridging the Gap between Legal and IT, a topic on which we have spoken before and on which I wrote a paper for ZyLAB last year.
The primary proposition is that legal and IT departments only really seem to speak to each other when an eDiscovery crisis of some kind arises. The daily obligations of IT departments and the periodic – and often urgent – requirements of legal departments do not always mesh together properly. There is risk involved here, but also potential benefits and budget savings if the gap is closed.
There are gradual signs of change, driven mainly perhaps by the realisation that money spent urgently and reactively might be better allocated to anticipating legal department needs. If saving money is the primary driver, there are strategic and tactical benefits in being able to respond efficiently to eDiscovery demands. There are also potential benefits in terms of the accessibility of value within corporate data which could be better exploited if it was more visible. Our webinar, which is available here, includes the slides which were used to illustrate our discussion.
Johannes Scholtes has also recently recorded a webinar with George Socha and Tom Gelbmann of Apersee and EDRM. It is called Bringing eDiscovery in House and looks at the expected processes, inherent risks and available technical solutions to support and enhance the discovery function. The recording is available here.