IT Must Lead Legal To The eDiscovery Promised Land

by Barry Murphy.

I recently co-presented at a workshop on eDiscovery.  Before I spoke about what enterprises are doing about exploding discovery costs and the fragmented solutions landscape, a very experienced corporate general counsel spoke to the IT-heavy audience.  The theme of his presentation was "help a lawyer today."  That's right CIOs and IT project managers - your legal team is not going to tell you how to handle eDiscovery.  You are going to be responsible for effeciently and defensibly collecting information in response to regulatory and legal requests.  In fact, legal is relying on your expertise in technologies to better manage information.

The moral of the story is that IT must take the leadership role in creating a formal, cross-functional team and process for managing eDiscovery.  Don't fret - here's a few cheat sheets to get you started:

A list of the vendors to consider in any solution (http://www.forrester.com/rb/vpc/catalog.jsp?catalogID=24)

And the questions to ask those vendors (http://www.forrester.com/Research/Document/0,7211,40824,00.html)

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Print 2.0

by Craig Le Clair.

I expect to see consumer products jumping on the Web 2.0 bandwagon soon. "Butter 2.0" perhaps — to make your family dinner more of a conversation. This week I am at HP's annual imaging and printing conference. They unveiled "Print 2.0" — HP's strategy for making printing relevant as content moves from the desktop to the Web. This is how HP intends to capture a significant share of the 53 trillion digital pages forecasted for 2010.

The three key areas of focus are to make it easier to print from Web sites, such as blogs and travel sites; extend the companies digital content creation (think Snapfish and Logoworks), across consumers and business; and deliver lower cost and higher speed digital printing platforms. Making the Web more print friendly is a great idea, and HP is teaming with the right crowd such as ViaMichelin, a map provider in Europe.

Are you happy with how your online map is printed today? Six Apart, Ltd., creator of the blogging platform Movable Type, is even better. HP is beta testing a blog-printing widget that will let you pick and choose the posts you want to print. With over 100,000 blogs  created each day, there must be something worth printing.

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