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eDiscovery Inside and Outside M365

Updated: Sep 5, 2020

The eDiscovery world is a fickle market. Seemingly normal and mundane tasks take on an important air of formality in the legal world. Consistency is key because the risks involved with a lack of consistency can be devastating. Did you produce everything you had? Are you hiding something? At the core, the evidence found in your structured and unstructured; governed and ungoverned information is critically important to uncovering the truth.

At Infotechtion, we spend a lot of time helping organizations with cobbled together solutions for eDiscovery, Information Governance, and content management streamline their workflow and technology stacks.

Ediscovery Reference Model

Microsoft is creating a critical decision point for a number of our clients with their continued development of eDiscovery capabilities for content within M365. There are many necessary and sophisticated eDiscovery features available, from case management, predictive coding classifiers, near duplicate analysis, threading, and legal export found in many of the best tools out there. The limitation is that it works if you already have all your content in the cloud. If you don’t, you have three ways to respond:

  • Get your content in the cloud. Long term, this is feasible and perhaps a goal of many organizations. It is a limited short-term answer as migration takes time and serves practically little other purpose without adding appropriate governance and moving users to the new world.

  • Index your on-premise and cloud content using traditional eDiscovery tools. Many tools can reach into SharePoint, Exchange and Teams content as well as a wide variety of other sources from social media to phones. You have the decision here as to the price of an eDiscovery tool versus E5 licenses.

  • Choose a hybrid approach and do some of each. This last option creates the risk of multiple workflows which can reduce your ability to respond consistently. It does, however meet short term eDiscovery needs while enabling longer term IG capabilities.