Adoption of a strategy in the evolution of "E-Discovery" for the new age business:

Outsourcing e-discovery and information management services can be no longer ignored by the New-age businesses. The topics of E-discovery and information management services are fast becoming critical and discussed in the corporate board meetings all over the World. How to develop a strategy for outsourcing them will be the key to the future success and endeavors for the present IT-enabled high tech organizations in the modern era.

Currently the legal world is beginning to see an increasing number and amounts of civil litigation, frivolous lawsuits, and bogus claims. The process of obtaining documents via the process of discovery, interrogations, any other evidence from the rival parties before the trial, proceedings or during such litigation are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain and costly. With the revolution of the internet and introduction of huge and massive amounts of computer based data and other intangible data stored in the electronic form, the discovery process getting more and more difficult to compete. The present e-discovery is more complicated than the previous one due to the huge volume of data and relatively less tangible than the paper.

Whenever, civil litigation arises, the responsibility of the management of company’s data, the superficial tasks not directly related to the company’s main and important goals, outsourcing of e-discovery and information management services are taking centre stage and hold in the businesses all over. Allaying all the counter opinions against it, the outsourcing tasks are proving to be cost-effective, efficient and ethical. The firms which specialize in e-discovery outsourcing train the specified staff professionally specific to the discovery process in relation to the present day’s electronic document management era. When outsourced, it frees the corporate lawyers from all these burdens and instead they can focus on priority ones with the immediate task on hand. Instead of wasting time in data mining through numerous archived data, the attorneys can focus more on furthering the business development efforts.

With regard to the conflicting view and obstruction from the opponents to the above outsourcing, who allege that it is unprofessional and unethical to allow non-lawyers to practice law and say that the outsourcing dilutes the quality of the documents, since the task of document identification, preservation, and collection are not conducted by a company’s own legal staff. This is not true because, only under attorney’s guidance and supervision the outsourcing firm is allowed to handle specific tasks and not all different from hiring paralegals or trainee law students. The outsourcing firms also take necessary care in protecting the privilege and confidentiality of e-documents, legal and other ethical considerations.

To conclude, regardless of the opposition, the outsourcing of e-discovery and information management services is getting popular day by day. To top it all, in the present competitive and fast changing internet world, to compete in this race against one’s competitors, to find a way to increase efficiency by reducing cost, no matter what is the main focus and definitely going to stay in the long run. The electronic-internet revolution has so far allowed only the related industries in its growth and has not been detrimental at all. Therefore outsourcing of e-discovery also stands to win at all costs in the maddening race all over the world.