“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Alvin Toffler
Rapid changes in technology make this quotation particularly true in the e-discovery realm. New approaches, different digital sources of information, new and improved technology, and the practical realities of limited resources all challenge litigators to approach each file in new and innovative ways to minimize the costs of discovery. In short, one size does not fit all.
The moral of this story is to stay flexible. Be adaptable. Don’t get tied down to one approach, one tool, or one piece of software. In the words of Toffler, “learn, unlearn and relearn” to ensure that all of the phases of discovery are conducted in the most timely and cost effective manner possible. This is simple but not easy. It requires e-discovery literacy - a commitment to stay current on new and emerging discovery approaches and technologies: early case assessment, processing, predictive coding. Your law firm and your clients will thank you.
If you don’t know what’s out there, ask your IT department, a forensic vendor, or call us. We’re always happy to discuss all things e-discovery.