eDiscovery Christmas Wish List


Anyone that has been involved in eDiscovery this past year has witnessed and has had to endure overwhelming increases in the volume of  Electronically Stored Information (ESI), the emergence of Social Media from everywhere, distributive new technologies, judicial confusion, changes in best practices, rising costs, reduced budgets,  increased enterprise expectations and lots of opinions about what direction to go.   Its been quite a year.

As such,  and in the spirit of the holiday season, I wanted to offer my eDiscovery Christmas Wish List.

  • A button to push to legally and defensibly reduce the amount of ESI that I have to store
  • A tactful message for all of my friends and colleagues that explains that less Social Media messages and posts are better than more
  • A legal department that wants to bring eDiscovery in-house (wish from the IT department)
  • An IT department that want to help bring eDiscovery in-house (wish from the legal department)
  • A day in January 2013 declared as “The day that the legal and IT Departments Have to Spend the Day Talking”
  • Changes to the FRCP to incorporate Predictive Technologies and require the publishing of algorithms and opens the black box
  • A very punitive new law that requires technology vendors to actually tell you what their technology does and does not do
  • A magical phone number to call when I have 24 hours before my mandatory 26(f) meeting and I haven’t done anything
  • A magic wand to wave to enable everyone involved in eDiscovery worldwide to understand that cloud computing makes it possible to allow data outside your country
  • Another button to push that enables me to collect ESI from the cloud (from my desk)
  • A magic crystal ball that enables me to see into the future and know which eDiscovery technology vendors are going to be around after 2013
  • A Cloud Service Provider that offer eDiscovery as a standard feature of its IaaS or PaaS
  • Jobs for all eDiscovery personnel out of work
  • Someone to explain why we need five different names for Predictive Technologies
  • Someone to explain why some are still trying to justify using keyword searching
  • A bell to ring to let everyone know that identifying and collecting video (e.g. YouTube) and audio are already major eDiscovery issues
  • Three really good business reasons to attend Legal Tech

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from everyone at eDiscovery Solutions Group.



About Charles Skamser
Charles Skamser is an internationally recognized technology sales, marketing and product management leader with over 25 years of experience in Information Governance, eDiscovery, Machine Learning, Computer Assisted Analytics, Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics, IT Automation and ITOA. Charles is the founder and Senior Analyst for eDiscovery Solutions Group, a global provider of information management consulting, market intelligence and advisory services specializing in information governance, eDiscovery, Big Data analytics and cloud computing solutions. Previously, Charles served in various executive roles with disruptive technology start ups and well known industry technology providers. Charles is a prolific author and a regular speaker on the technology that the Global 2000 require to manage the accelerating increase in Electronically Stored Information (ESI). Charles holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Macalester College.