How to Bridge the Gap Between IT and Legal Departments

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-11-18

IT and legal departments don't always see eye-to-eye, especially when it comes to data management. They often disagree on what to retain, when to back up data, who does what and more. When litigation occurs, the two teams must work together seamlessly to identify relevant documents for e-discovery, the electronic exchange of documents during litigation or investigations. With the prevalence of big data, some e-discovery cases have grown to nearly 200 million documents (imagine processing and reviewing 5,200 employees' emails from an entire year, about 38,325 per person)—an avalanche of data for legal teams to sift through, meaning high costs for companies. If the two departments are unable to bridge the gap, they risk running over on budgets and dealing with costly sanctions if relevant data isn't identified or is inadvertently destroyed. But if IT and legal can learn to play nice, the benefits will unfold quickly. Legal teams can have better insight to potential litigation; IT teams will be spared the headache before and during litigation, and overall, the process will run more smoothly. In this eWEEK slide show, e-discovery software provider kCura offers eight tips for how the two departments can work together more effectively for a better litigation outcome.


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