We see an interesting range of technology approaches to eDiscovery in two recent articles by or about Eddie Sheehy, Global CEO of Nuix. Meanwhile, another Nuix article looks at the benefits for lawyers in acquiring eDiscovery skills.
His article I give up: TIFFs, you win, represents what Eddie Sheehy clearly sees as a step backwards: despite his conviction that converting documents into TIFF files is a waste of time and money, he recognises that many of Nuix’s customers still want to be able to convert native files into tiffs.
This is an interesting inversion of the norm – most software companies rush to add the latest technology to their products, whether or not their clients actually want it, as part of the inducement to buy. This is the first time, I think, that I have seen a world-class software company taking a step which it believes to be a retrograde one because that’s what its clients want. That, perhaps, is one of the reasons why Nuix is so successful – leading with technology is second nature to it but providing what the clients actually want comes first.
For the most eloquent arguments against TIFF-ing, you need to see what Craig Ball has to say – go to his blog here and enter TIFF in the search box.
The second article featuring Eddie Sheehy appeared in the Australian Lawyers Weekly with the title cloud opens up clear technology path. In it, Eddie Sheehy identifies the cloud as the best place to carry out eDiscovery and related functions. As he says, many lawyers are concerned about how to get large volumes of data onto the cloud and how to search and access it once it is there. This is one of the Nuix is particular skills, so it is perhaps not surprising to find Eddie predicting it.
If these two stories have a common element, it is to do with the need for lawyers to understand what technology exists, what it can do, and what it can save. This involves a set of skills without which the 21st-century disputes lawyer is operating with one hand behind his or her back. The corollary to that is that the acquisition of these skills is a career-proofing step, and one which opens doors beyond eDiscovery.
This is the theme of an article by Angela Bunting of Nuix called Your eDiscovery skills have many applications. As she puts it “the skills we have employed for years in eDiscovery, with a few twists, and are the latest trend in a proactive information management… Those skills have value around the organisation”.