Over the past 10 years I have provided an annual list of predictions covering what I thought was going to happen in eDiscovery over the next 12 months. Some of my predictions such as the move to the cloud were “spot on”. Some of my predictions such as the use of “predictive analytics” still haven’t happened to the degree to which I thought that they would. However, I still enjoy the annual exercise and therefore, without further ado, following are my eDiscovery predictions for 2016 (not necessarily in order of importance):
1. Cloud based eDiscovery vendors will take an even bigger chunk out of the legacy eDiscovery vendors installed base and revenue streams.
2. The utilization of public ISPs like AWS will enable cloud based eDiscovery vendors to drive the price of eDiscovery even lower.
3. New vendors in the eDiscovery market utilizing the latest technologies such as Hadoop and Splunk (that are better positioned to deal with Big Data) coupled with with new user interfaces (on mobile devices) will provide users with a much more attractive option to the legacy vendors.
4. eDiscovery will become a subset technology / feature of Information Governance platforms.
5. Predictive Analytics / Machine Learning will move beyond “predictive coding” and become an integral part of discovery, analysis, culling, Early Case Assessment (ECA) and overall data / case / project management.
6. Managed eDiscovery Services will become the “offering of choice” for many enterprises.
7. There will be even more consolidation among both eDiscovery service providers and vendors.
8. Integrated eDiscovery Project Management, Workload Management and Automation will become required features.
9. There will be some major Service Provider and Vendor failures.
10. Monster Vendors with multi-million-dollar eDiscovery offerings buried in their IT offerings will feel pressure from users to keep pace with the features of the newer, less expensive more nibble eDiscovery / Information Governance vendors.
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