LegalTech 2016 kicked off yesterday with an introduction by ALM CEO Bill Carter. His opening comments confirmed our assessment of the overall agenda. The event this year has a focus on privacy, data security and cyber security. Next was information governance, big data and analytics, followed by the changes to the Federal Rules of Civil procedure. Carter mentioned ediscovery last, under the rubric of “perennial favourite”.
While the sessions were certainly light on e-discovery issues, the sales floor was not. E-discovery heavyweights like Relativity, Recommind and Ringtail were prominently displayed and were making great efforts to distinguish themselves. The floor was dotted with many smaller and niche e-discovery solutions, with a number of new entrants to the market.
Not surprisingly, many of the e-discovery companies are moving forcefully into the information governance space, with varying degrees of success. Our advice: there is a big difference between e-discovery and information governance solutions – just because a product is good at one does not mean it is good at the other.