Relativity and Ari Kaplan Advisors Release Report on Maximizing Collections in Evolving eDiscovery Environment
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Relativity logoRelativity, a global legal and compliance technology company in partnership with Ari Kaplan Advisors, a leading legal industry advisory company today published the report, Maximizing Collections in an Evolving e-Discovery Environment.

Based on one-on-one interviews with in-house corporate e-discovery professionals conducted by Ari Kaplan, the report highlights the most pressing challenges associated with data collections and offers guidance on how in-house legal teams can adapt to an ever-changing and increasingly intricate e-discovery landscape.

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Relativity engaged Ari Kaplan Advisors to speak with a cross-section of e-discovery professionals in a range of industries to better understand current challenges associated with data collection, how they overcome them and ways in which they expect the process to evolve. In an increasingly remote working environment, where corporations are deploying new tools at a rapid pace and driving data volumes to record levels, legal teams are responding by aligning talent and technology to ensure the application of effective and efficient data management protocols. Key findings from the report include:

  • The collection process is changing. Seventy-three percent of respondents advised that their company has changed the way it performs collections in the past two years. Leveraging Microsoft 365 and increasing the volume of remote collections are two of the most significant shifts.
  • Varying data sources is the most significant collection challenge. When asked to choose from a host of data collection challenges, 40% of respondents selected varying data sources as the most significant challenge followed by growing data volumes (30%).
  • Culling data is critical prior to collection. On a scale of one to five, with five being the highest, almost all participants (90%) rated culling data volumes before collection at either a four (very important) or a five (extremely important).
  • Expectations are extensive for the future of collections. Among the changes to collections that the participants expect in the future are more connectors in a single system that integrates different platforms, conducting more queries in place, facilitating cloud-to-cloud transfers of data, greater use of AI, and more.

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"In-house e-discovery leaders are innovatively approaching collections and creatively adapting to a perpetually shifting litigation landscape," said Ari Kaplan, legal industry analyst, author of the report and principal of Ari Kaplan Advisors. "This research is designed to give law department professionals insights from their peers that help them make key decisions."

"The shape of data continues to shift and expand at a rapid pace and Relativity is committed to enabling our customers to stay ahead of this change," said Chris Brown, Chief Product Officer at Relativity. "That's why at Relativity we are focused on innovating in the areas of data transfer, collections and integrations to improve how organizations manage the explosion of collaboration and chat data."


Collect in RelativityOne offers solutions for many of the challenges explored in this report. From ever-evolving security concerns, to varied file types and sources, targeted collections and remote collections—Collect helps teams stay on top of the most pressing issues, capturing the most sensitive data for discovery or investigation processes. Collect allows in-house teams the ability to perform more targeted collections, at unprecedented speeds from a wide range of sources then review in a format near how the communications were created to easily follow conversations across channels.

About Relativity

At Relativity, we make software to help users organize data, discover the truth, and act on it. Our e-discovery platform is used by more than 13,000 organizations around the world to manage large volumes of data and quickly identify key issues during litigation, internal investigations, and compliance projects. Relativity has over 160,000 active users in 40+ countries from organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 70 Fortune 100 companies, and 199 of the Am Law 200. Relativity's cloud solution, RelativityOne, offers all the functionality of Relativity in a secure and comprehensive SaaS product. Relativity has been named one of Chicago's Top Workplaces by the Chicago Tribune for seven consecutive years. Please contact Relativity at or visit for more information.


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