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Benchmark your eDiscovery: no budget approval necessary

Jeffrey Wolff |October 14, 2015|Read time: 1 min

What is good enough in eDiscovery? What are best practices or community benchmarks? 

Enterprises pay dearly to have outside consultants come in, assess and benchmark eDiscovery in the hopes of reducing costs, risks and time.

Enterprises pay dearly to have outside consultants come in, assess and benchmark eDiscovery in the hopes of reducing costs, risks and time.

What if I told you there was a tool, readily available, usable by anyone in your organization with basic Excel skills and the ability to interview, that facilitates litigation readiness and eDiscovery response information gathering workshops?  And that the results automatically appear in a chart that can be included in reports and presentations?

Then, what if I told you the tool is free, and can be completed on your own schedule?

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The EDRM project

The EDRM project has released a tool to help organizations address its eDiscovery needs, called the EDRM eDiscovery Maturity Self-Assessment Test (eMSAT-1). The results will help practitioners to focus on areas of clear risk, and to demonstrate to themselves and their management, the progress made over time. The tool also includes information governance questions.

A simple spreadsheet is the interface, and the questions follow the EDRM structure, rolling up to the major categories of the very familiar EDRM diagram.

The scores range from: No Process, Reactive; Fragmented Process; Standardized Process, Not Enforced; Standardized Process, Enforced; and Actively Managed Process, Proactive. The EDRM Metrics project is to be commended for releasing their first version into the wild. The team is seeking input on how the tool can be improved.

You may find there might be a gap in communication between the Legal and IT teams once you complete the analysis. The gap can be surmounted. In our webcast aptly titled, Bridging the Gap between Legal and IT: Working Together in eDiscovery, with Jan Scholtes and Chris Dale, of the Edisclosure Information Project ( recording available on our YouTube channel ), we discuss how you can overcome those challenges.

Jeffrey Wolff
Jeffrey Wolff is a Certified E-Discovery Specialist who joined ZyLAB in May 2015 and serves as Director of E-Discovery Solutions. He brought with him over 20 years of experience in Information Systems and enterprise software. He has been involved in solution architecture, design, and implementation for major projects within the Department of Defense and Fortune 1000 corporations. Prior to joining ZyLAB, Jeffrey held senior positions within firms specializing in Microsoft SharePoint and enterprise search solutions, so he has vast technical knowledge in the fundamentals of information management and eDiscovery.

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