Everlaw, the cloud-native investigation and litigation platform, published today “2022 Ediscovery Innovation Report: Leaders and Laggards,” revealing that cloud-based ediscovery is increasingly becoming standard practice.
In partnership with the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), Everlaw surveyed nearly 200 legal professionals in the U.S. across law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, and legal service providers to surface key trends in ediscovery and build on Everlaw’s 2021 research.
Here are the key findings on adoption:
The research uncovered a stark divide between cloud leaders* and laggards**, where first movers faced fewer challenges while reaping key advantages in ediscovery capabilities as well as lower costs, compared with those using on-premises ediscovery software.
Here are the top findings on leaders and laggards:
1. The cloud removes ediscovery headaches and adds headstarts compared to on-premises
2. The cloud delivers cost advantages
3.A cloud perception gap exists: Laggards say the cloud is hard to learn and expensive, but leaders who are already in the cloud disagree:
Everlaw conducted this study with the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) to learn more about key trends in ediscovery innovation. We emailed legal professionals in May of 2022 and received 195 completed responses to our survey. Respondents were not provided an incentive for participation, however, Everlaw made a $5,000 donation to Save the Children, Ukraine and The Innocence Project on behalf of the survey participants.
*Leaders: Legal professionals deploying cloud-based, SaaS ediscovery solutions, managed in-house. These leaders represent the early majority in cloud-discovery adoption and 24% of total survey respondents.
**Laggards: Legal professionals using on-premises ediscovery software, managed in-house. Those who have yet to embrace the cloud, these individuals represent 32% of total survey respondents.
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