Law Firms carry big Risk #IN Outsourced E-Discovery Supply Chains
2010/12/05 Leave a comment
Law firms may soon discover the big risks embedded in outsourced E-Discovery supply chains, the ones that promise really cheap E-Discovery, the same risks that clients of IT outsourcers currently suffer from horribly;
Project times and risk exposures are increased by an ambitious desire to push higher volumes off-shore.
E-Discovery projects that start from ‘atomic’ data perspectives to create inflexible project specifications that deliver low cost answers to the wrong questions or don’t attain the value promised as client or work requirements or objectives seem to change many times before project completion.
Global E-Discovery outsourcers’ software ‘lock-in’ processes ill-suited to the work at hand.
Privacy issues linked to documents bound by multiple jurisdictions, contractual or moral charges.
Good News for Smaller E-Discovery Practices
The good news for law firms with smaller E-Discovery practices is that some of the largest law firms have locked in contracts, one recently in excess of $500,000,000. Long term contracts with global E-Discovery supply chain partners virtually eliminates the benefits of constant innovation with new processes, new software or the ability to exploit positive changes in E-Discovery trends shaped by concepts like Proportionality or Mediation.
E-Discovery focus on Global Economies of Scale
Indeed the specific design of E-Discovery ‘factories’ offered by E-Discovery outsourcers include products from database vendors or specialized E-Discovery software to cut costs. However this ‘factory’ must be feed with high content volumes and associated processes that may actually later add costs to the discovery process but must be executed for the factory to function.
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