The paper trail is growing larger within the legal industry, much like it is in every other sector. Organizations are seeing more data created via their electronic presence in concert with the paper environment, so tools like document imaging and eDiscovery become absolutely essential to keep track of everything.
Industry professional Johannes Scholtes wrote on the Association for Information and Image Management blog that managing the level of data which comes in now brings both challenges and opportunities to businesses. Utilizing information correctly can bring speed and efficiency to companies. However, the amount of pressure on companies that are trying to work with this information incorrectly or manually can be great.
“To create a case around one or multiple suspects, to collect relevant data on a location of interest or to investigate a criminal case, these numerous sources of unstructured information have to be accessed, information has to be collected, normalized, analyzed, linked, enriched, interpreted, verified and applied to the case,” he said. “Most agencies deal with homegrown point solutions to access and process these different types of information and use different software tools that do not necessarily integrate well.”
As the years go on, the problem will only become greater for businesses and agencies that don’t figure out how to gather their legal information via eDiscovery. Scholtes said his main recommendation is to utilize technology that can help fight the negative effects as soon as possible. The proper software will allow the business to stay compliant in a legal framework across the enterprise.
Benefits of eDiscovery
When adopting eDiscovery software from Binary Office, agencies can have relevant information to their case or solution on legal hold at the source of inquiries, quickly search for the most relevant information and reduce costs through automated and repeatable processes of the software.
Some other great benefits of the software, according to industry expert Christine Taylor on Network Computing, include:
- Employment of analytics to more easily and efficiently review facts from cases
- Enablement of IT to help manage and store data, thereby allowing them to be the key holders to legal information that may have taken hours to search for previously
- Better hold of regulations and rules to allow businesses to avoid legal fines and fees that otherwise could cost them a lot of time and money
Adopting the right solution and getting ahead of the curve with eDiscovery can make or break an organization moving into the future.