Big Data And eDiscovery: Professionalism Pays

Big Data And eDiscovery: Professionalism Pays

Big Data and eDiscovery: Professionalism Pays

Big Data is a hot concept in the business world right now. As a business phenomenon, the immediate benefits of utilizing Big Data are part reality and part hope. On the reality side, most medium and large-sized organizations do have some form of Big Data issues to contend with, meaning they have data sets so large and complex that they are difficult to process using on-hand database management tools and other tools – but because they have Big Data, they also have the desire to mine it, use it and gain insights related to the business, from it..

The mythology component comes into play when Big Data is hailed as a wondrous treasure trove of information that, once mined (that is, in the right way), will lead companies to great riches and success because suddenly new products will become known and more efficient processes will show themselves. That’s not to say there isn’t much to gain from mining Big Data. It can contain useful information that does help companies create success.

However, capitalizing on the information contained in Big Data requires tools, skill, patience and a little luck. That’s also true for a specific subset of Big Data: the legal compliance area of information management known as eDiscovery, which presents its own special difficulties. If traditional Big Data issues pose challenges to process for business insights, legal Big Data (eDiscovery, et al.) is even more challenging in that it requires data handling standards more strict than normal data migration or IT-related Big Data processing.

The Big Data associated with eDiscovery deals with potential and actual designated evidence. That means there must be a record of its creation, transfer, use and storage – a virtual chain of custody. As well, maintaining data integrity is paramount to ensuring its usefulness, whether in court or as a part of another legal scenario, such as a hearing, arbitration or regulatory examination.

To complicate matters even further, legal Big Data tends to come from unstructured locations such as emails filed by a user manually in a folder in Outlook or a presentation stored on a USB key. This makes it more difficult to identify, gather and use. For these reasons, eDiscovery has its own Big Data challenges, ones that are not necessarily easily solved using some of the newest Big Data mining and analysis techniques that are coming to market with great fanfare.

The good news is that Big Data is nothing new to eDiscovery professionals. These professionals rarely have the luxury of using typical and mature data mining and analysis techniques such as refined BI tools. Those of us working within the legal data compliance and legal information management industries know all too well the kludges, hacks, jimmying and other band-aided and duct-taped methods for identifying, gathering, processing, analyzing and otherwise handling data in a fast and furious manner, all to avoid the scenario in which lawyers are waiting for technical professionals to produce documents.

Through necessity, we have become very good at ensuring the rapid delivery of the few critical emails and presentations needed for the case among the millions that are not relevant, and we’re capable of doing it all in a way that withstands the computer forensic scrutiny of the domain, having developed specific new tools to mine Big Data for legal matters. So when it comes to combing through large data sets for legal assets and evidence, it pays to turn to the professionals who know how to get it done right – eDiscovery experts.

By Alon Israely,

Alon Israely, an attorney and Certified Information Systems Security Professional, is Manager of Strategic Partnerships at BIA. Introduced in 2011 and built on technology utilized since 2002, BIAs TotalDiscovery is the first on-demand, cloud-based integrated Legal Hold, Data Collection and ECA Solution available. With no software to install or hardware to provision, TotalDiscovery can be utilized immediately, with no extensive training or configuration required. TotalDiscovery was designed for cases of all sizes, from a few custodians to thousands. With its unique, flexible and predictable pricing model, no up-front costs and instant availability, it was designed with small and medium size cases in mind, while its advanced features, like Enterprise Connectivity, cater to the needs of larger enterprises. Find out more at www.totaldiscovery.com.

 

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Join Our Newsletter

Receive updates each week on news, tips, events, comics and much more...

Can I Contribute To CloudTweaks?

Yes, much of our focus in 2015 will be on working with other influencers in a collaborative manner. If you're a technology influencer looking to collaborate long term with CloudTweaks – a globally recognized leader in cloud computing information – drop us an email with “tech influencer” in the subject line.

Please review the guidelines before applying.

Contributors

Cloud Infographic – Wearable Tech And Preventative Healthcare

Cloud Infographic – Wearable Tech And Preventative Healthcare

Wearable Tech And Preventative Healthcare There are so many exciting new opportunities available to utilize wearable technology in the future.  Areas such as nanotechnology disease monitoring, crowdfunding to wearable accessories are some excellent examples of the potential. Estimates vary, but appear to suggest that the market will produce between $14-50 Billion over the next few years. Included below

Ten Tips For Successful Business Intelligence Implementation

Ten Tips For Successful Business Intelligence Implementation

Ten Tips for Successful Business Intelligence Implementation The cost of Business Intelligence (BI) software goes far beyond the purchase price. Time spent researching, implementing, and maintaining your BI investment can snowball quickly and mistakes are often expensive. Your time is valuable – save it by learning from other businesses’ experiences. We’ve compiled the top ten

Knots And Cloud Service Providers

Knots And Cloud Service Providers

How Do These Two Compare? In Boy Scouts, I learned how to tie knots. The quickest knot you can tie is the slipknot. It’s very effective for connecting one thing to another via the rope you have. It was used in setting up tents, mooring boats to docks temporarily and lifting your food up into

Aggregated News

Popular News Sources

Storage Considerations for SharePoint Backups

Storage Considerations for SharePoint Backups

Storage Considerations for SharePoint Backups Wednesday, October 29, 2014 @ 9:00 am/12:00pm ET. Backup and Restore of a SharePoint environment can be a complex endeavor as the product consists of multiple components running at various tiers, each with their own backup and restore requirements. In addition, SharePoint documents are stored as Binary Large Objects (BLOBs) in

OpenDNS Deployment Leads to Twenty-Fold Decrease in Malware Infections at Hamamatsu

OpenDNS Deployment Leads to Twenty-Fold Decrease in Malware Infections at Hamamatsu

Decreases in Malware Infections at Hamamatsu OpenDNS, a leading provider of cloud-delivered security, today announced that it has enabled Hamamatsu, a Japanese manufacturer of optical sensor technologies, to virtually eliminate malware infections across its U.S. Read the source article at Finance News About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the

IBM and Microsoft – What Are They Doing With The Hybrid Cloud?

IBM and Microsoft – What Are They Doing With The Hybrid Cloud?

What Are They Doing With The Hybrid Cloud? “Microsoft is committed to helping enterprise customers realize the tremendous benefits of cloud computing across their own systems, partner clouds and Microsoft Azure,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president,Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft. “With this … Read the source article at CNNMoney About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized