The e-discovery Reference Model (EDRM) sets the standard in describing the e-discovery process. The EDRM is a visual tool that we regularly rely on to assist in describing the process to clients. Typically, this is in response to an e-discovery project when there is a mad dash to have data identified, preserved, collected, etc. As volumes increase, this reactive process becomes very expensive. Fortunately, the EDRM addresses this growing problem through the orange box at the far left of the diagram.
This box, labelled “Information Management”, basically says that organizations must approach the e-discovery problem with a strategy that ultimately turns it into a daily operating procedure. With a proper information management plan, organizations can become proactive, prepared, litigation ready and hence more competitive.
Ignoring the orange box leads to increased discovery costs. Embracing it will save the day.